The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Englewood Community Hospital was one of 750 awarded an 'A' for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

"We are thrilled that Englewood Community Hospital has earned its 11th consecutive "A" for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group. Our team remains committed to providing our patients the highest quality healthcare possible, through a variety of initiatives including our Patient Safety and Quality Council, weekly Senior Leadership Safety Rounding, and a five step interviewing process to ensure we hire staff members that support and live our mission and values. Additionally, we are on a journey to becoming a High Reliability Organization which supports a culture of safety by encouraging all staff members to participate in the reporting of safety concerns to find new ways to protect our patients, our visitors and our colleagues." said Valerie Powell-Stafford, MHSA, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer of Englewood Community Hospital.

"This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Receiving an 'A' Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day."

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Englewood Community Hospital's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.