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PeaceHealth St. Medical Center has received an ‘A’ grade for its patient safety practices from a national watchdog organization that focuses on improving health care.

The top safety grade from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade “is a direct reflection of the continued hard work, focus and dedication that our caregivers and physicians are putting forward every day in support of quality and safety initiatives to benefit the care and well-being of our patients, families and communities,” Cherelle Montanye, PeaceHealth St. John Medical Center chief executive, said in a prepared statement.

The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients.

The grades are based on 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety about more than 2,600 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, according to a PeaceHealth press release

“‘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.”

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