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Published on April 24, 2018

Virginia Hospital Center Continues to Earn "A" for Patient Safety and Quality

For Immediate Release


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

Arlington, VA (April 24, 2018)— Virginia Hospital Center earned another "A" in Patient Safety for the 12th consecutive grading period from The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital watchdog organization. This prestigious award signifies that Virginia Hospital Center continues to be among the country's top hospitals dedicated to rigorous patient safety standards and quality of care.

"We are honored to be recognized as one of the top hospitals in the country that is committed to providing top-notch care and safety for our patients," said James B. Cole, Virginia Hospital Center President & CEO. "To continue our unbroken record validates our efforts to ensure the highest quality care to our patients in the safest environment possible."

Virginia Hospital Center was one of 750 hospitals nationwide awarded an "A" for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards. Leapfrog assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harm to patients in their care.

"This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm, such as medical errors, infections and injuries," said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Receiving an "A" Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these serious problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day."

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Virginia Hospital Center's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

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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 flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital 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.

About Virginia Hospital Center
Virginia Hospital Center has provided exceptional medical services to the Washington, DC metropolitan area for 70 years and was again named one of America's 100 Top Hospitals® and 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals® by Truven Health Analytics. The hospital is a proud member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network – a national network of independent healthcare organizations. Virginia Hospital Center is a 394-bed, not-for-profit teaching facility, and is designated as a Magnet® hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.