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Published on November 10, 2021

EvergreenHealth Recognized by Leapfrog for Outstanding Hospital Safety for Third Consecutive Year

The health system was awarded an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group

Patient Safety "A" grade iconKirkland, Wash. – EvergreenHealth announced today that it has earned an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group, a leading independent watchdog organization on hospital quality and safety. This is the third consecutive year that the health system has been awarded Leapfrog’s highest “A” rating for patient safety, as part of the organization’s annual fall review.

“Once again, our ‘A’ rating is a testament to the ongoing commitment of every provider, staff member and volunteer to deliver exceptional, high-quality, safe and collaborative care,” said Jeff Tomlin, MD, CEO of EvergreenHealth. “We’re honored to be continually recognized by The Leapfrog Group for our dedication to the absolute safety and service that our community has come to expect from us.”

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade report scores hospitals across the country, assessing how well they keep patients safe from errors, accidents and infections. EvergreenHealth is one of only 16 hospitals in Washington to achieve an “A” rating this fall, according to Leapfrog’s latest Hospital Safety Grades report.

The Fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assign letter grades – A, B, C, D and F – to general acute-care hospitals across the U.S. by using more than 30 evidenced-based measures of patient safety from publicly available hospital safety data. These measurements are compiled by The Leapfrog Group, CMS, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the CDC and the American Hospital Association. Of the nearly 3,000 hospitals graded, EvergreenHealth was among the 32% that earned an A grade, while 26% earned a B, 35% earned a C, 7% earned a D and less than 1% hospitals earned an F.

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement towards a better health care system by improving the choices patients can make and preventing needless deaths. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade was developed in 2012 under the guidance of a national expert panel and is calculated and peer-reviewed by top patient safety experts.

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of EvergreenHealth for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

In addition to high scores from The Leapfrog Group, EvergreenHealth is named as one of Healthgrades’ “America’s 50 Best Hospitals” in 2021 and was recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s “2021 Best Hospitals” rankings.

To learn more about Leapfrog’s full report, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.

About EvergreenHealth

EvergreenHealth is an integrated health care system serving nearly one million residents in King and Snohomish counties with a breadth of services and programs that are among the most comprehensive in the region. Formed as a public hospital district in 1972, EvergreenHealth includes a 318-bed acute care medical center in Kirkland and a 72-bed hospital, EvergreenHealth Monroe, which is an accredited, full-service public hospital district established in 1960 in Monroe, Washington. The system also includes a network of 12 primary care practices, six urgent care centers, more than two dozen specialty care practices, extensive home care and hospice services, and 24/7 emergency care from its Kirkland, Monroe and Redmond locations.

EvergreenHealth remains committed to its purpose to enrich the health and well-being of the community by providing clinical excellence in more than 80 specialties and through extensive community health outreach and education programs, anchored by the 24/7 EvergreenHealth Nurse Navigator & Healthline.

The health system is named as one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals and it is one of only 407 hospitals nationwide to hold a 5-Star Overall Rating from the Centers for Medicaid; Medicare Services (CMS). Learn more at www.evergreenhealth.com.

Media Contact

Kayse Dahl
EvergreenHealth
(425) 899-1855
KLDahl@evergreenhealthcare.org