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Virginia Hospital Center Earns Highest Grade for Safety and Quality — Straight-A Streak Puts Hospital in Elite Company Nationwide

For Immediate Release

Maryanne Boster
Director of Corporate Communications
Virginia Hospital Center
tel: 703.558.6595

Arlington, VA (April 14, 2017) – The Leapfrog Group today designated Virginia Hospital Center a “Straight A” hospital for earning a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade of A for nine consecutive grading periods since 2012. Virginia Hospital Center is the only hospital in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area to achieve that string of consistency.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital watchdog organization, assigns letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals bi-annually. The rating is considered the gold standard measure of patient safety in the United States. Of the 2639 hospitals evaluated in spring 2017, only 823 earned an A.

“Virginia Hospital Center is proud to earn an A from The Leapfrog Group, and to be the only hospital in the metropolitan Washington region to receive an A for every grading period in the last five years,” said James B. Cole, President and CEO. “It is a significant achievement and substantiates our efforts to provide the highest quality care to our patients in the safest environment possible.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Hospitals that repeatedly earn an A for safety are in select company. Not only have they achieved the nation’s top honor for patient safety, but they have sustained that performance over time.

“In the fast-changing healthcare landscape, patients should be aware that hospitals are not all equally competent at protecting them from injuries and infections,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog President and CEO. “We salute Virginia Hospital Center’s diligent commitment to patient safety and congratulate the hospital for continuing to perform at the highest level for nine grading periods in a row.”

To see the full list of The Leapfrog Group’s 2017 hospital grades, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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 forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade 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.


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