Sanford USD Medical Center given ‘A’ Leapfrog Safety Grade
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — For the second year in a row, Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2023. This national distinction recognizes Sanford Health’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error while in the hospital.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
“The safe culture we’ve been able to create and continue to build on at Sanford Health is what sets us apart from the rest,” said Paul Hanson, president of Sanford Health in Sioux Falls. “I could not be prouder of our team of caregivers who go above and beyond every day to protect the patients we care for, by standing up for safety and implementing new best practices that improve the overall safety of the patients we serve.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients while in the hospital. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Sanford USD Medical Center for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”
For more information about Sanford USD Medical Center, visit Sanfordhealth.org keywords USD Medical Center.
About Sanford Health
Sanford Health, the largest rural health system in the United States, is dedicated to transforming the health care experience and providing access to world-class health care in America’s heartland. Headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, the organization serves more than one million patients and 220,000 health plan members across 250,000 square miles. The integrated health system has 47 medical centers, 2,800 Sanford physicians and advanced practice providers, 170 clinical investigators and research scientists, more than 200 Good Samaritan Society senior care locations and world clinics in 8 countries around the globe. Learn more about Sanford Health’s commitment to shaping the future of rural health care across the lifespan at sanfordhealth.org or Sanford Health News.