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13 UPMC Hospitals Nationally Recognized with Leapfrog Top Safety Grade

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Ed DeWitt

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PITTSBURGH — This spring, 13 UPMC hospitals received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade, the highest achievable safety mark from The Leapfrog Group, a national organization that aims to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. This distinction recognizes these hospitals’ achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. 

“These top marks from The Leapfrog Group demonstrate the exceptional levels of safe care our patients have come to expect from UPMC and our dedicated nurses, physicians and other staff members,” said Tami Minnier, UPMC’s chief quality and operational excellence officer. “We continually look for new and better ways to drive error rates to zero so that all patients receive the care that they deserve.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

The following UPMC hospitals earned the top grade for spring 2023:

  • UPMC Altoona
  • UPMC Community Osteopathic
  • UPMC East
  • UPMC Hamot
  • UPMC Harrisburg
  • UPMC Jameson
  • UPMC Memorial
  • UPMC Passavant – McCandless
  • UPMC Passavant – Cranberry
  • UPMC Presbyterian
  • UPMC Shadyside
  • UPMC St. Margaret
  • UPMC Somerset