NOCH Recognized with an ‘A’ Grade for the Fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

North Ottawa Community Hospital (NOCH) was awarded an “A” in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing NOCH’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety.

The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“Receiving an ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group is a great honor and a testament to our team’s dedication to patient safety,” said Shelleye Yaklin, President and CEO of NOCHS. “Our staff continues to deliver the highest quality patient care while facing unprecedented challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic, and their hard work ensures that NOCH is able to safely continue to serve our community.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses more than 30 national performance measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to nearly 3,000 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

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