McLeod Regional Medical Center Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade


McLeod Regional Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing McLeod Regional Medical Center’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. Only 858 hospitals in the nation received an A, ranking McLeod among the safest hospitals in the United States.

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score Program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Leapfrog Group’s goal of saving lives and reducing harm focuses on measuring and publicly reporting hospital performance through the Hospital Safety Score. Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. Leapfrog then assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade twice per year to more than 2,600 acute-care hospitals across the country based on how safe they are for patients.

“Patient safety is the number one priority at McLeod Health,” said Lisa Byrd, Vice President of Quality and Safety for McLeod Health. “McLeod teams work to provide high quality care to our patients every day. We consistently review our gaps and focus on areas of improvement. McLeod is a high quality organization and we are proud of the work our staff and physicians do every day.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national, nonprofit organization founded by the nation’s leading employers and private healthcare experts. The mission of The Leapfrog Group is to encourage giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare in the United States by promoting transparency and value based hospital incentives.

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”