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

Washington Regional Medical Center has received an A Hospital Safety Grade, the highest grade possible, in the Spring 2023 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The Leapfrog Group upholds standards of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction recognizes Washington Regional’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error while in the hospital.

“The safety and wellbeing of our patients is always our top priority,” said Washington Regional President and CEO Larry Shackelford. “Achieving Leapfrog’s highest grade demonstrates our team members’ dedication to providing Northwest Arkansas with nationally recognized, high quality health care. We are committed to continuously looking for ways to enhance and improve patient safety throughout the Washington Regional system.”

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 spring and fall. This is the third consecutive A grade for Washington Regional Medical Center.

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an A despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”

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