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Caroline Fienga
Interactive Media &
Public Relations Specialist
440-816-6723 (office)
216-299-7727 (cell)


Southwest General Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety in
Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Middleburg Hts., OH (Wednesday, April 12, 2017) – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign an A, B, C, D and F letter grade to hospitals nationwide. Southwest General was one of 823 hospitals to receive an ‘A’ for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.

“Southwest General takes its commitment to patient safety seriously as is evidenced by our eighth consecutive ‘Grade A’ in The Leapfrog Group’s most recent rating period,” said William A. Young, Jr., president and chief executive officer, Southwest General. “We are continuously evaluating how we treat and care for our patients and visitors and what the best practices are for keeping them safe during their hospital stay. I am proud of the work being done by our staff and of the recognition received for it.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign letter 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.

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer, The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserves thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

To see Southwest General’s full grade, and/or to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

For more information, or to schedule an interview, contact Caroline Fienga, interactive media and public relations specialist, at 440-816-6723 or

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 350-bed acute care facility located in Middleburg Heights, Ohio. Founded in 1920, Southwest General is home to nationally recognized physicians with full access to state-of-the-art technology. Southwest General has a deep commitment to providing personalized care and building a healthy future for the patients, families and communities it serves. For more information, visit or find Southwest General on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. 

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 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.