The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Fort HealthCare 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 county based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms among patients in their care.

Mike Wallace, Fort HealthCare President and CEO, states “Our employees work diligently to control the quality and safety at Fort Memorial Hospital and this ‘A’ rating is indicative of that. Fort HealthCare continues to be progressive at all levels when it comes to patient care. It is an honor to continue to receive ‘A’ ratings from The Leapfrog Group.”

Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country. Leah Binder, Leapfrog Group President and CEO, says, “This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries.”

Binder continues, “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 Fort Memorial Hospital’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Fort HealthCare also provides a link to this – and other – organizations’ websites that report transparency in quality and safety measures.

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 in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital 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.

About Fort HealthCare
Fort HealthCare is committed to improving the health and well-being of our communities, with a vision to be the healthiest community in Wisconsin. As the leading healthcare provider in the region, it is our goal to reach as many members of the community as possible with health and wellness messages, providing tools and resources to help individuals improve their health and quality of life, while collaborating with several partners to positively improve the population’s health overall on a long term basis. For more information, visit FortHealthCare.com.