Three UVA Health Community Medical Centers Receive an ‘A’ Grade Hospital Safety

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 UVA Health today announced its three community medical centers received ‘A’ grades for The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2022 Hospital Safety Grade.

Fall 2022 marks the fifth consecutive grading period that all three UVA Health community medical centers received an ‘A’ grade. The medical centers are among the top hospitals nationwide – and one of only 37 hospitals in the state of Virginia – to receive ‘A’ safety grades.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is assigned by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D,’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“I am thrilled to acknowledge the hard work of our dedicated team of exceptional health care professionals who meet the needs of our communities while keeping patient safety at the forefront every day,” said Erik Shannon, chief executive officer of UVA Health Culpeper Medical Center, UVA Health Haymarket Medical Center, and UVA Health Prince William Medical Center. “Providing safe, high quality care at this level takes special people and extraordinary commitment to a culture of safety and continuous improvement.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“I am so proud of our community medical center teams for repeating this tremendous honor,” said K. Craig Kent, MD, chief executive officer of UVA Health and executive vice president for health affairs at The University of Virginia. “It has been a year of great transition for these medical centers as they’ve become part of UVA Health, and the teams have maintained a focus on patient safety throughout the journey. UVA Health remains committed to these team members and providers, and to supporting the healthcare needs of communities surrounding Northern Virginia and Culpeper.”

“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership at UVA Health’s three community medical centers for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

To view full grade details for UVA Health community medical centers in Culpeper, Haymarket, and Manassas and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.

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