Capital Regional was awarded an 'A' in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Capital Regional 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 harms to patients in their care.

"Our entire organization is committed to high-quality care and patient safety. This accomplishment is the product of constant hard work, team effort, and turning innovations into performance. Our physicians, nurses, and support staff will continue to build on our improvement efforts that merit this recognition," said Trey Blake, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Capital Regional Medical Center.

"'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.

Capital Regional was awarded an 'A' grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2019 update. To see Capital Regional's full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit their site and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.