The Leapfrog Group announced new grades for the Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, the first and only national health care rating focused on errors, accidents and infections. The program has been assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. since 2012. Frankfort Regional Medical Center was one of 832 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. Additionally, Frankfort Regional has received a “Straight A” record for the past three years from the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Fifty hospitals in Kentucky received a score in the Fall report, with 13 hospitals receiving an A grade. Leapfrog does not grade specialty or pediatric hospitals.

“Earning a ‘Straight A’ record is a prestigious honor for our hospital regarding patient safety, and it’s even a greater accomplishment to have been able to sustain this performance over the past seven reports,” said Michelle England, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer. “High-quality, safe patient care is a top priority at Frankfort Regional Medical Center, and this distinction validates the commitment of our providers and staff to the best in patient care.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To view the score for each U.S. hospital, go to www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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