Aiken Regional Medical Centers received its sixth straight “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Aiken Regional’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
“This past year has proven that our team continues to place the safety of our patients, medical staff, associates and community as a top priority,” said Jim O’Loughlin, Chief Executive Officer at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. “An ‘A’ recognition from Leapfrog for three years running, especially during a pandemic, reiterates the commitment our team has to our community. In a year where we have been challenged like never before, our team remains committed to providing top-quality and exceptional patient care in a clean, safe environment.”
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Aiken Regional shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”