WHS Washington Hospital Awarded Spring 2023 ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group


Grade reflects top national performance on patient safety through COVID-19 pandemic

Washington, PA.  May 3, 2023WHS Washington Hospital was the only hospital in Washington County PA to receive an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates WHS Washington Hospital’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. The new grades reflect performance primarily during the height of the pandemic.

“WHS is proud to announce our most recent achievement, an ‘A’ Grade in hospital and patient safety,” said Brook Ward, President and CEO of Washington Health System. “This is not the first time WHS has received this distinction and considering this score reflects national performance on patient safety though COVID-19, I feel that this is really something to celebrate. I want to thank our medical staff and all WHS team members for their dedication to providing Great Patient Care.”’

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

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians 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 harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

To see WHS Washington Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter.