April 29, 2021
Richmond, VA – Nine HCA Virginia Health System hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade released today, a national distinction recognizing the hospital system’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safe healthcare. Leapfrog assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harm to patients in their care.
Of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded nationwide, only 33 percent earned an “A” grade for meeting some of the industry’s highest standards. The following nine HCA Virginia Healthcare hospitals received an ‘A’ grade:
- Parham Doctors’ Hospital
- Retreat Doctors’ Hospital
- Henrico Doctors’ Hospital
- Johnston-Willis Hospital
- Chippenham Hospital
- Reston Hospital Center
- LewisGale Hospital-Pulaski
- LewisGale Medical Center
- Lewis Gale Hospital-Allegheny
“Our medical staff and support teams share a commitment to the care and improvement of human life,” said Elizabeth Mikula, HCA Healthcare Capital Division vice president of quality. “Our hospitals consistently rank among the best in the nation for patient safety because every one of our colleagues is focused on providing world-class care to those in the communities we serve.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns a grade to all general hospitals across the country every six months and is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care. Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your hospital system should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but HCA Virginia hospitals shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.