Fredericksburg, VA – For the second consecutive rating period, Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals have received an “A” letter grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system. Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals were two of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for a commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. The newly released Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide.

“Leapfrog safety grade is becoming the gold standard measure for patient safety, and we at Mary Washington Healthcare are proud to have Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals be recognized for their commitment to excellent, safe, and high-quality care for our community,” says Rebecca Bigoney, MD, executive vice president and Chief Medical Officer for Mary Washington Healthcare. “This achievement, for two consecutive rating periods, shows that keeping our patients, associates, and visitors safe is Mary Washington Healthcare’s highest priority.”

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Mary Washington and Stafford Hospitals’ full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.