Northwest Hospital & Medical Center receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Original Release: 10/31/2017
Media Contact: Deanna Waters


The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization, has released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for Fall 2017. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Northwest Hospital & Medical Center was one of 832 facilities awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is incredibly important to all healthcare systems today,” said Cindy Hecker, Northwest Hospital executive director. “UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital works tirelessly to ensure that each patient we care for receives safe, high-quality care and service. The community puts their trust in us when they choose UW Medicine/Northwest Hospital and we are dedicated to maintaining that trust. The Hospital Safety “A” rating recognizes our hard work and commitment to patient safety and to our community.”

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An “A” Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff of Northwest Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

Developed under the guidance of a blue ribbon national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Northwest Hospital’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit