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Published on May 10, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

VHC Health Recognized with an ‘A’ Grade for the Spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Arlington, VA: May 10, 2022 – VHC Health, a community-based health system providing medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area, was awarded an “A” in the spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing VHC Health’s achievements in patient safety. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety.

The Safety Grade, which is updated every six months, assigns a grade of ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, or ‘F’ to all general hospitals across the country. Grades are based on each hospital’s performance in preventing harm to patients in their care, including medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. This is VHC Health’s 20th consecutive "A" Hospital Safety Grade and VHC Health is one of 33 hospitals in the nation and only seven in the state of Virginia to have reached this status.

“VHC Health is delighted to receive our 20th consecutive ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group as a direct reflection of our team’s dedication to the well-being of their patients,” said Chris Lane, President and CEO of VHC Health. “As our services expand, our efforts remain constant to provide safe, top quality medical care to communities across the Washington, DC metro area.”

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.

“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of VHC Health for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

To access consumer-friendly patient tips and see more details on VHC Health’s Hospital Safety Guide, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About VHC HealthTM:
VHC Health provides exceptional medical services as the region’s community health system. Virginia Hospital Center was recently designated a 2021 Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, selected for the Healthgrades 2021 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ and has received 20 consecutive ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group. Virginia Hospital Center is a 453-bed not-for-profit teaching facility and designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. VHC Health is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.

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