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National Recognition for Patient Safety

National Recognition for Patient Safety

Media Contact: Karina Rusk

November 15, 2023 – Salinas Valley Health is demonstrating a constant focus on patient and hospital safety earning its ninth consecutive “A” letter grade from a leading independent, third party watchdog organization. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit sets standards for excellence in patient care.  Leapfrog assigns grades to general hospitals across the county on a scale from “A” to “F” based on over 30 national performance measures.

“We have built a reputation of excellence,” says Pete Delgado, president/CEO of Salinas Valley Health. “The cornerstone of the community’s high regard for our quality services is our attention to detail when it comes to patient safety. Safety is the strongest foundation for healthcare delivery and is pivotal to   the additional quality and patient care success we achieve on a national level. I’m proud of our team for their consistent and unwavering commitment to safety.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program exclusively based on hospital prevention of medical errors, infections and injuries. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually in the fall and spring.

“Earning an ‘A’ Grade means Salinas Valley Health made a true commitment to put patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the leadership, Board, clinicians, staff and volunteers that all had a role to play in this achievement.”

To see details of Salinas Valley Health’s full grade and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit Salinas Valley Health offers a list of major awards and recognition at

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