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Mercy Medical Center in Merced Awarded Spring 2023 ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group

Dignity Health’s Mercy Medical Center in Merced received 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 Mercy Medical Center’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.

“We are honored to earn this recognition by The Leapfrog Group, especially during a time with such elevated risks and high demands for all health care organizations,” stated Dale Johns, president and CEO of Mercy Medical Center. “Our team’s dedication to safety and quality is commendable, and I see their commitment to our patients’ health demonstrated in the hospital day in and day out.”

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.

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Publish date: 

Wednesday, May 03, 2023

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