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
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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 swgeneral.com 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.