May 10, 2022
Anchorage, AK – Alaska Regional Hospital received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes the facility’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. It is the only A grade awarded within the State of Alaska for spring. The hospital also earned Alaska’s only A grade for hospital safety in Fall of 2021.
Jennifer Opsut, Alaska Regional Hospital’s CEO said, “I could not be more proud of our team for this outstanding accomplishment. From our ER to the operating room to our tests and treatment areas, this award was earned by every single Alaska Regional Hospital colleague.”
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Alaska Regional Hospital for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”
To see Alaska Regional’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.