EASTON — University of Maryland Shore Medical Centers at Chestertown and Easton earned “A” ratings for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
According to a news release, this national distinction recognizes UM Shore Regional Health’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. This marks the the second consecutive period that both Eastern Shore hospitals have received an “A.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety.
“We are incredibly proud of this very significant accomplishment,” said Ken Kozel, president and CEO, UM Shore Regional Health. “Our team members are exceptional, and I am deeply grateful for their dedication to patient care and safety, especially during this pandemic.”
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but these grades show it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to all general hospitals across the country. It is updated every six months.
The grade is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care, the release states.
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent and the results are free to the public, according to the release.