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Phoebe Recognized with Sixth Consecutive ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade


Albany, GA | May. 10, 2022 – Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes Phoebe’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital, and it is PPMH’s sixth consecutive top safety grade from Leapfrog.

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 more than thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“Even as we continued to deal with additional COVID surges over the last year, we never took our eye off the ball when it came to safety,” said Joe Austin, PPMH CEO.  “As part of our journey to become a high reliability organization (HRO), we are strengthening a culture built on ensuring patient safety is our top priority every day.  This year, every member of the Phoebe Family is undergoing HRO training to learn how he or she can implement, execute and sustain our Safety First principles, and we know our patients and their families will benefit from that ongoing commitment safety,” Austin added.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients.  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 healthcare system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital 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 healthcare workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

To see PPMH’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.