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Howard County General Hospital Receives Top Patient Safety Rating for Fall 2019 - 11/07/2019

Release Date: November 7, 2019

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 nearly 860 facilities awarded a top rating for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

“Patient safety and the patient experience are at the core of everything we do at Howard County General Hospital. We are gratified to receive this top rating, as it is a validation of our efforts to provide the safest possible environment for our patients,” said Steven C. Snelgrove, president of Howard County General Hospital.

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

About Howard County General Hospital
Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine is a not-for-profit health care provider with 225 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 1,000 physicians and allied health professionals, representing nearly 100 specialties and subspecialties; a workforce of more than 1,800 individuals and over 350 volunteers.

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