UVA Health Community Medical Centers Receive ‘A’ Grades for Hospital Safety

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

Spring 2022 marks the fourth straight grading period in a row that the UVA Health community medical centers have received an ‘A’ grade. The facilities are in the top 33% of hospitals nationwide and 42 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 grateful to our dedicated team of health care professionals as they continue to rise and meet the health needs of our community,” said Erik Shannon, interim chief executive officer overseeing UVA Culpeper Medical Center, UVA Haymarket Medical Center, and UVA Prince William Medical Center. “Their steadfast commitment to patient safety and quality outcomes yields this outstanding achievement across all three community medical centers for the fourth consecutive period. I am honored to work alongside this team,” Shannon added.

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 teams at all three community medical centers for achieving 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. “This recognition reflects the deep commitment of our doctors, nurses and our entire team to keep our patients safe and provide the best care possible.”

“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of all three of UVA Health’s 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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