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Grade reflects top national performance on patient safety through COVID-19 pandemic.

Island Health received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates Island Health’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. This grade reflects performance primarily during the height of the pandemic.

“We are honored that our team’s courageous care was recognized with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group,” said Island Health CEO Elise Cutter.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm 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.

To see Island Health’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit


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Published on May 11, 2023