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Howard County General Hospital Receives an “A” for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 24, 2018

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Sharon Sopp
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COLUMBIA, Md.—The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, assigning letter grades to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Howard County General Hospital was one of 750 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. HCGH previously received an “A” rating in Fall 2017.

“This ‘A’ rating – our second consecutive – is a gratifying validation of our efforts to provide the safest possible environment for our patients,” said Steven C. Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital. “Patient safety and the patient experience are top priorities of every team member. We are proud that this commitment is recognized nationally.”

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see HCGH’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

About Howard County General Hospital
Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 267 licensed beds located in Columbia, Maryland. A comprehensive, acute-care medical center, Howard County General offers a full range of services, from neonatal care and oncology to outpatient treatment and critical care.

The hospital has a professional staff of more than 900 physicians and allied health professionals, representing more than 90 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,800 individuals and over 300 volunteers.