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NCH nationally recognized with ‘A’ Leapfrog hospital safety grade, Fall 2019

November 11, 2019

Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) was awarded an ‘A’ for the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing its achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients in their care.

“We are proud to achieve another ‘A’ from Leapfrog for hospital safety,” says NCH President and CEO Stephen Scogna. “Reaching this goal twice in the same year – for the spring and fall Leapfrog performance reports – demonstrates the commitment of our physicians and team members in providing safe, high quality care to patients. As an independent hospital, we remain true to our mission of delivering exceptional care to our community.”

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this ‘A’.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 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.

Learn more about NCH’s awards.