SoutheastHEALTH Nationally Recognized with an 'A' for Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

December 28, 2020

SoutheastHEALTH has once again been awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing SoutheastHEALTH’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“I am incredibly proud of our entire SoutheastHEALTH team during this unprecedented time. I see each of our team members every day willing to rise to the challenges of a global healthcare crisis while providing exceptional care in the safest possible way,” said SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman. “This accolade underscores our commitment to delivering high quality patient outcomes, no matter what the situation may be.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and healthcare workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for SoutheastHEALTH. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. healthcare system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute care hospitals twice a year. The National Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and results are free to the public.

To see Southeast’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit