Hospitals Receive A Grades in Patient Safety

November 20, 2017

Fall report cards are in and Mercy Hospitals in Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith earned an “A” grade for keeping patients safe.

The Leapfrog Group just released its fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grades, which score hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. More than 2,600 U.S. general acute-care hospitals were assigned scores and only 832 received an A (32 percent of those surveyed).

“We’re pleased that we continue to score well on measures of patient safety, because it’s an area where we strive for excellence every day,” said Ryan Gehrig, president of Mercy Hospital Fort Smith. “This award acknowledges the skills and commitment of our entire team, including physicians and clinical caregivers and the co-workers who support them.”

“Patient safety is always our greatest priority and we’re happy with The Leapfrog Group’s recognition that we are succeeding,” said Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas. “Our mission is exceptional service and compassionate care, which naturally dovetails with patient safety.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring.

Using 30 evidence-based measures of patient safety, The Leapfrog Group calculated a numerical score for all eligible hospitals in the U.S. The numerical score was then converted into one of five letter grades: A, B, C, D or F. Read more about Leapfrog scoring here.


Mercy Hospital Fort Smith


Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas

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