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Southwest General Earns an 'A' Grade

Caroline Fienga
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Middleburg Heights, OH (Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015For the fifth consecutive ratings period, Southwest General has earned a continual ‘A’ in The Leapfrog Group’s elite national ratings program, “Hospital Safety Score”—recognizing the hospital’s strong commitment to patient safety.

The announcement, released nationally today by the independent hospital watchdog, shows key shifts among many hospitals on the A, B, C, D and F grades rating them on errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

“Patients today are taking a much more active role in their health care and where they receive care,” explains Thomas A. Selden, FACHE, president and chief executive officer, Southwest General. “As such, it is pivotal that we continue to focus on our hospital safety and transparency. Patients should consider the Hospital Safety Score Report when selecting a health care facility or provider so that they can make informed decisions about the care they will receive.”

The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Southwest General’s ‘A’ grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of their clinicians and staff to protect their patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Southwest General and all other ‘A’ hospitals to preserve and renew their commitment to safety year after year.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score. The score represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in Oct. 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. Only 10 hospitals in Greater Cleveland earned an ‘A’ grade, with three of those 10 hospitals being from Cleveland’s west side—Southwest General, St. John Medical Center and Lakewood Hospital.

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Also, patients can review their hospitals past safety performance alongside its current grade, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see Southwest General’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit

About Southwest General
Southwest General is a private, not-for-profit, 358-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.

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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.