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Memorial Hospital receives fourth consecutive ‘A’ rating for patient safety

Memorial Hospital of South Bend has been awarded an A rating for quality and safety measures from the Leapfrog Group. This is the fourth consecutive year Memorial Hospital has received the top letter grade from the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization.

The Leapfrog Group issues letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice a year based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. The 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade used 28 measures of hospital safety data to assign grades to the hospitals.

“This top grade reflects our long-standing commitment to patient safety and clinical excellence. There is nothing more important to us than the health and safety of our patients,” said Larry Tracy, president of Memorial Hospital, which is part of Beacon Health System.

To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in, said Leah Binder, the Leapfrog Group president and CEO. “Hospitals that earn an A grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error,” Binder said. “We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”

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 collects and transparently reports hospital 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.