Denver, CO — The entire HealthONE system of hospitals was awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes HealthONE's efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' or 'F' grade tohospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. As part of the HealthONE system, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, and Swedish Medical Center work together to provide a higher level of care. Rose Medical Center is proud to have received an A grade for every Leapfrog report since inception.

"We are enormously proud of this significant accomplishment - one that our entire system has received for four consecutive grading periods," said Sylvia Young, President and CEO of HealthONE. "This represents collaborative work by our entire system and the true culmination of our deep commitment to the absolute highest quality care. Leapfrog's acknowledgement of the attention we provide every patient, every day is a testament to the thousands of employees and physicians who put our patients first."

"To be recognized nationally as an 'A' hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Hospitals that earn an 'A' grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A."

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 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.

The entire HealthONE system of hospitals was awarded an 'A' grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. The straight As for the HealthONE system represents the fourth consecutive such grade awarded by Leapfrog. To see The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, and Swedish Medical Center's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade website and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.