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Tenth Consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grade

Tenth  Consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grade

Media Contact: Karina Rusk

In a national release out today, Salinas Valley Health has earned a tenth consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a leading national nonprofit watchdog group. The independent organization assigns letter grades to general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 measures of clinical data points demonstrated to uphold the highest standards of patient safety.

“It takes focus and dedication by every person in our organization to consistently receive the highest marks for safety,” says Allen Radner, MD, Salinas Valley Health Interim CEO. “As a practicing physician and member of our leadership team, safety is a cornerstone of the quality care we deliver to everyone in our community. We could not achieve the quality recognition we do without first having an intense commitment to safety.”

The Hospital Safety Score uses more than 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single letter grade ranging from “A” to “F”. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group to represent a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

“Everyone who works at Salinas Valley Health should be proud of this “A” Hospital Safety grade,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes complete dedication at every level, and an ironclad commitment to putting patients first. I thank Salinas Valley Health, its leadership, clinicians, staff, and volunteers for caring so deeply for its patients and their safety.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety grade is the only hospital ratings program focused exclusively on preventable medical errors, infections and injuries. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

For more information about the A score received at Salinas Valley Health or to view the list of state rankings, visit

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