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United States | Allisson Sambataro

Silver Spring, MD – Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center received an "A" Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates White Oak Medical Center’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors.

"I am incredibly proud of our team for their dedication to achieve this milestone and receive an ‘A’ from Leapfrog,” said Anthony Stahl, president of Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center. “While the last few years have been challenging, our team’s commitment remained: to improve patient safety and provide a world-class experience to every patient."

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 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as the 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 harm 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.

Adventist HealthCare White Oak Medical Center is a state-of-the-art acute care hospital located in Silver Spring, Maryland, and part of Montgomery County-based Adventist HealthCare. White Oak Medical Center offers a full range of health services, including a comprehensive, nationally recognized heart program, cancer care, maternity care, and surgical and emergency care. White Oak Medical Center is a neighbor and research partner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and at the center of the emerging White Oak Science Gateway in Montgomery County.

Founded in 2000 through large purchasers by employers and others, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement of giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.

The original version of this story was posted on the Adventist HealthCare website.