Englewood, FL – For the 19th consecutive time, The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, awarded Englewood Community Hospital an “A” Hospital Safety Grade for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety. The Leapfrog Group assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country. The grade uses over 30 measures of safety data including rates of preventable errors, injuries and infections, while also accounting for whether hospitals have systems in place to protect patients from harm.

“Providing the highest quality of care to our patients has always been our priority,” said Steve Young, Chief Executive Officer. “Achieving an ‘A’ grade for every reporting period since 2012 demonstrates that the care given by our physicians and caregivers ranks among the best hospitals in the country. Every day, we work to make a difference in the lives of those we are privileged to serve and we are honored to be recognized by national groups such as Leapfrog.”

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.

“Englewood Community Hospital has made a clear and consistent effort to protect patients from harm,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Establishing and maintaining systems that optimize patient safety is especially critical during times of crisis. I am grateful to the leadership and workforce of Englewood Community Hospital for their unwavering dedication to protecting patients.”

To see more details on Englewood Community Hospital’s performance and to access hospital safety tips for patients, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.