Swedish Hospitals Receive High Marks for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Safety Grade

April 24, 2018
Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard and Swedish Issaquah Receive ‘A’ Grades
Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds Follow Closely with ‘B’ Grades

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Swedish First Hill, Swedish Ballard and Swedish Issaquah were all awarded ‘A’ grades for their efforts to protect patients from harm and meet the highest safety standards in the U.S. Swedish Cherry Hill and Swedish Edmonds both received ‘B’ grades.

The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. Just 750 hospitals in the U.S. receive ‘A’ grades.

“We are driven to constantly improve and provide the highest quality, safest care possible for our patients,” said Dr. Guy Hudson, chief executive officer of Swedish. “These industry-leading grades are the direct result of the intentional focus and hard work of our caregivers. I am very proud of our organization and the incredible level of care that we provide to our communities.”

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see full grade details for all five Swedish hospitals, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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. 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.