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Dignity Health Central Coast Hospitals Again Receive Top Patient Safety Ratings from the Leapfrog Group

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French Hospital receives 10 Years of Straight ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grades from Leapfrog Group

CENTRAL COAST, CA, - November 16, 2022 – Dignity Health’s Arroyo Grande Community Hospital (AGCH), and French Hospital Medical Center (FHMC) announced today that they have again received “A” grades on the Fall 2022 ratings report from The Leapfrog Group, which focuses on patient safety. Additionally, FHMC has received straight “A” hospital safety grades for the 22nd consecutive time, recognizing it as one of the only 22 hospitals in the country to be awarded an “A” in every Hospital Safety Grade cycle since 2012. These ratings are a testament to the hospitals ongoing commitment to providing the highest level of care and compassion to the patients they serve by protecting hospital patients from preventable harm and errors.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring. 

“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

To see [YOUR HOSPITAL]’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter. 

Dignity Health Central Coast hospitals provide renowned care, advanced technologies, and compassion throughout their spectrum of services. Their commitment to excellence continues to distinguish them as leaders in the industry.


About Dignity Health Central Coast 

Dignity Health Central Coast comprises five award-winning hospitals, all recognized for their quality of care, safety and service, primary care offices, premier ambulatory surgery centers, technologically advanced imaging centers, outpatient services, and comprehensive home health services. Each hospital is supported by an active philanthropic Foundation to provide additional funding to support new programs and services, as well as to advance the community’s access to health care.  For more information, visit

About The Leapfrog Group                                                                                   

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, 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, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2022

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