Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) was awarded an ‘A’ from
The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2021
Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes CVMC’s efforts in protecting patients
from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.
Over 2,700 hospitals nationally were evaluated by The Leapfrog Group,
and CVMC earned its tenth consecutive ‘A’ grade since Fall 2016.
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.
Eddie Beard, President and CEO of Catawba Valley Health System, said, “Patient
safety is not only the expectation of the people who choose our organization
for healthcare, it is the number one priority for everyone working in
our organization. We’re proud to achieve the highest possible grade
Leapfrog can offer, which is even more meaningful during this pandemic.
We’re gratified that this offers assurance to our community that
we put the greatest effort possible into keeping our patients safe.”
“Patient safety has been, and always will be, our number one priority,”
said Eddie Beard, President and CEO of Catawba Valley Health System. “While
we are especially proud to have achieved this designation ten consecutive
times, we are even more grateful that our organization stood firm in the
face of adversity during this pandemic and stayed true to keeping our
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your
community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO
of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult
for hospitals, but Catawba Valley Medical Center shows us it is possible
to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital
Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety
data to assign grades to more than 2,700 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.