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A for Patient Safety

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Adventist Health Bakersfield was awarded an “A” by The Leapfrog Group for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. AH Bakersfield was the only hospital in Kern County to receive an “A” rating.

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, recently released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

“Every day, our staff come ready to provide high quality, compassionate care that exemplifies our mission of inspiring our community to lives like marked by health, wholeness and hope,” said Sharlet Briggs, AH Bakersfield President & CEO.  “I’m extremely proud of our “A” grade that recognizes our staff’s commitment to providing the best health care available in Kern County.”

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of AH Bakersfield 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. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see the grades for all Kern County Hospitals and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.