EvergreenHealth Receives “A” Grade for Patient Safety

  • Written by Woodinville Weekly Staff

Kirkland, Wash. – The Leapfrog Group, a leading national nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety, announced that EvergreenHealth received an “A” for patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The health system is one of only 11 hospitals in Washington and 832 of 2,660 nationwide to achieve an A rating this fall.

“This recognition affirms the commitment of more than 5,000 employees, providers and volunteers to what we call our Commun-ity of Absolute Safety,” said EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte. “Ensuring our patients receive the safest care, with the best quality and most exceptional service, is at the core of what inspires us at EvergreenHealth—not so that we earn recognition; rather, so our patients have the best outcomes.”

The Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades were released, assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. Of more than 2,600 hospitals graded, 832 earned an A grade, 662 earned a B, 964 earned a C, 159 earned a D and 15 hospitals earned an F. In Washington state, 11 earned an “A” including EvergreenHealth’s partner hospital in the Eastside Health Alliance, Overlake Medical Center.

These bi-annual rankings are based on 27 quality measures compiled by the Leapfrog Group; CMS; The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality; the CDC; and the American Hospital Association. Areas of measurement include nurse communication, hand hygiene adherence and surgical site infection rates, among others. Rankings are calculated by top patient safety experts and peer-reviewed; they are also fully transparent and free to the public. Hospitals do not pay to be evaluated by Leapfrog nor can they opt out of the process.

See Leapfrog’s full report at

For more information on EvergreenHealth’s commitment to absolute patient safety, please visit

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