Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital received an “A”gradein the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care 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.

“I’m extremely proud of the quality of care we provide to our patients and our community.  This team continues to strive towards excellence and is consistently looking at ways to improve our systems.  Our goal is to have the highest patient experience, quality, and safety metrics possible.  I cannot express the gratitude that I feel towards this team and their commitment to improving health every day, and I am thankful for the trust our community places in us,” says Brian Zwoyer, President of Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital. 

“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 Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital was awarded an “A” grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021.