Two Area Hospitals Earn ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety in April 2016 Hospital Safety Score

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Richland and Walla Walla, Wash.—New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Kadlec Regional Medical Center and Providence St. Mary Medical Center, both Providence Health & Services hospitals, received A grades, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“Kadlec is honored to receive an A grade, as we have for the last several years, by the Leapfrog group. It is a testament to the quality caregivers at Kadlec who are not only focused on excellent care, but also embrace the protocols Kadlec has in place to ensure the safety of these patients who put their trust in us,” said Rand Wortman, Regional Chief Executive Providence Health & Services.

“This A grade exemplifies the hard work and dedication our caregivers provide in every interaction with every patient at Providence St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC),” said Dr. Christopher Hall, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. “We have strict safety guidelines to ensure the safety of our patients during every encounter. We are privileged to receive this grade along with our regional partner, Kadlec”

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Kadlec’s and Providence SMMC’s full score, see how other area hospitals rated, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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. Hospital Safety Score, 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 Kadlec

Kadlec is a locally governed, not-for-profit health system serving a population of more than 350,000 residents in southeastern Washington and northeastern Oregon. Founded in 1944, Kadlec has a rich heritage of offering vital health services to everyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay. Kadlec has grown into a regional referral center providing primary and specialty care services for patients of all ages. Flagship services include comprehensive cardiac care, neurosurgery and neurology, neonatal and pediatrics, and emergency medicine. Today, more than 3,300 employees work at Kadlec in the main hospital, or in primary and specialty care physician clinics throughout the region. Kadlec Regional Medical Center and its affiliated physicians provide over $30 million a year in uncompensated care. In June, 2014, Kadlec affiliated with Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit health system comprised of 34 hospitals in five western states. Kadlec has joined a secular, non-religious division of Providence, sharing service-driven missions around providing care to those in need. For more information, visit

About Providence St. Mary Medical Center

Providence St. Mary Medical Center, a 142-bed regional hospital located in Walla Walla, Wash., is the fourth largest employer in Walla Walla County. The Providence Medical Group is the largest group of primary care providers and specialists in the Walla Walla area.

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