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March 28, 2023

Hospital makes announcement on ‘A’ grade for safety

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital made it official Thursday: It has received an A grade from the nationally recognized Leapfrog Group for patient safety.
San Benito Live previously reported the A grade.
According to the Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital announcement:
Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital (HHMH) is proud to announce the hospital has received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group, awarded in Fall 2018 for their commitment to exceptional patient safety and meeting the highest quality and safety standards. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
“We are proud to receive an “A” from the Leapfrog Group,” said Ken Underwood, HHMH CEO. “These hard-earned grades are evidence of the outstanding efforts made by our clinical and quality teams to improve patient safety and clinical quality.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national nonprofit health care ratings organization striving to make giant leaps forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care in the U.S. “It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Scores are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
“This is a significant achievement and substantiates our efforts to provide the highest quality care to our patients in the safest environment possible.” states Marie Iverson, Vice President of Patient Care Services. “Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital remains committed to achieving the highest quality standards and outcomes and welcomes the clarity that measurement and reporting bring to the process.”
About The Leapfrog Group
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 data, giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade 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. For more information, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.