Capital Regional Medical Center is the only hospital in the Big Bend Region to receive an “A,” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade a national distinction recognizing Capital Regional’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“Every day, our team is focused on improving outcomes and enhancing safety measures,” said Trey Blake, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Capital Regional Medical Center. “We are proud to receive an “A” grade in safety from The Leapfrog Group four times in a row.  This award reflects the hard work and dedication of our team to our vision of high performance and a culture of excellence.  This grade is verification of our hospital as a leading, trusted provider for the patients we have the privilege to serve.”

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Capital Regional shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

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.

Capital Regional was awarded an “A” grade when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see Capital Regional’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.