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Washington Regional Earns an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group

Washington Regional Medical Center has received an A, the highest grade possible, in the Fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This national distinction recognizes Washington Regional’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error while in the hospital.

“Earning Leapfrog’s top grade demonstrates our commitment to making safety our top priority,” said Washington Regional President and CEO Larry Shackelford. “As Northwest Arkansas’ largest health care system, we are dedicated to providing our community with nationally recognized, quality health care. This most recent A grade highlights our mission of improving the health of the communities we serve by providing compassionate, high-quality care.”

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 30 national performance measures and systems to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Grades are updated twice annually in the fall and spring. This is the second consecutive A grade for Washington Regional Medical Center.

“I applaud the hospital’s leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

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