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UC Health Hospitals Receive Exceptional Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group

Nov. 6, 2023

Cincinnati, OH - UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital Among Top Hospitals in Nation for Patient Safety.

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit hospital safety rating system, today announced its safety ratings for ~3,000 general acute-care hospitals in the U.S.

These results include letter grades on an A through F scale and are based on data from 2020 to 2023—some of which comes from publicly reported data of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

West Chester Hospital achieved an “A” grade, placing it among the top third of hospitals in the U.S. It is the second consecutive “A” grade for the hospital.

University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Greater Cincinnati’s adult Level I trauma center, achieved a “B” grade, placing it among the top 50 percent of hospitals in the U.S. It is the second consecutive “B” grade for the hospital.

Clinicians and employees at both hospitals achieved these high ratings by prioritizing patient safety and positive patient outcomes.

“We’re proud to be recognized by the Leapfrog Group for national distinctions in providing patients with exceptional quality care at both our UC Health West Chester Hospital and UC Medical Center locations,” said UC Health President & CEO Cory Shaw. “Knowing a significant portion of these outstanding results were achieved during the most challenging days of the COVID pandemic is especially notable. Thank you to our teams for their excellent work.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to 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.

“These Hospital Safety Grades show that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “UC Health’s hospitals received high ratings despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, clinicians, staff, and volunteers who together made that possible.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and preventable harm. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.