Tallahassee, FL – For the 5th consecutive time, Capital Regional Medical Center, an affiliate of HCA Healthcare North Florida Division, is the only hospital in the region to receive an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction recognizes Capital Regional’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

“Being awarded our fifth consecutive Leapfrog Grade ‘A’ for providing safe patient care, is an extraordinary feat, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Trey Blake, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Capital Regional Medical Center. “This further demonstrates the unwavering dedication of our healthcare teams to keeping our patients safe.  One thing about this award - it's for the people who do all the hard work behind the scenes. This ‘A’ is a standing ovation for them. It doesn't matter how many times we earn this honor, it is always very special.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

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.

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Capital Regional Medical Center for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

To see Capital Regional’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.