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‘A’ for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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Adventist Health Castle was awarded an ‘A’in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Adventist Health Castle’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“This ‘A’ rating is achieved through the hard work of our medical staff and associates, and their dedication to setting the bar higher when it comes to the compassionate, high quality care of our patients,” said President, Kathy Raethel of Adventist Health Castle. “Trusted organizations like Leapfrog provide a third-party perspective and we’re honored that it affirms what we know to be happening on a daily basis for those patients that entrust their care to us.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Adventist Health Castle. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

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.

Adventist Health Castle was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see the full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.