Virginia Again Recognized as a Top State in National Ranking of Hospital Patient Safety

November 16, 2022

The Fall 2022 Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grades Rank Virginia Second Among all States with More than 52 Percent of Virginia Hospitals Earning “A” Grades, Virginia Hospitals Consistently Earn Top Marks for Patient Safety

RICHMOND, VA – Virginia hospitals have once again been recognized as top performers when it comes to patient safety. Virginia is ranked second overall among states in the Fall 2022 Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade state rankings that are based on the share of hospitals in each state that earn “A” grades. The latest rankings continue the trend of strong performance by Virginia hospitals on patient safety. Virginia was second overall in the nation for the Spring 2022 ranking period. The Commonwealth ranked first overall in Fall 2021, fourth in the Spring 2021 rankings, sixth among states in the Fall 2020 rankings, third overall in the Fall 2019 scores, second overall in the Spring 2019 rankings, third overall in the Fall 2018 scores, and fifth overall in the Spring 2018 grading period.

“Hospitals across Virginia are unique in many ways including where they are located, the communities and patients they serve, and the types of medical care they most commonly provide. But what each hospital has in common is an unparalleled commitment to giving each patient high-quality care in a safe environment,” said Peter Mulkey, Clinch Valley Health Chief Executive Officer and the Chair of the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA) Board of Directors. “It is an honor to be part of a hospital community that prides itself on achieving exceptional patient care and safety.”

“Our hospital and health system members intentionally collaborate on driving performance improvement on patient safety outcomes,” added VHHA President and CEO Sean T. Connaughton. “These new rankings from the Leapfrog Group are validation of that collaborative work and the positive results it is producing for patients across Virginia.”

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grades assign letter grades to nearly 3,000 general acute care hospitals across the nation based on safety data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog Group, and other sources. In the latest rankings, 37 of 71 Virginia general acute care hospitals evaluated earned “A” grades, placing the Commonwealth second among states in the nation. The list of current “A” rated Virginia hospitals includes these hospitals (an asterisk “*” denotes hospitals that have earned straight “A” grades since 2012):

  • Augusta Health
  • Bon Secours Richmond Community Hospital
  • Buchanan General Hospital
  • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center
  • Clinch Valley Medical Center (Lifepoint Health)
  • Henrico Doctors’ Hospital (HCA Virginia)
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital*
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
  • John Randolph Medical Center (HCA Virginia)
  • LewisGale Hospital – Alleghany (HCA Virginia)
  • LewisGale Medical Center (HCA Virginia)
  • LewisGale Hospital – Montgomery (HCA Virginia)
  • LewisGale Hospital – Pulaski (HCA Virginia)
  • Parham Doctors’ Hospital (HCA Virginia)
  • Reston Hospital Center (HCA Virginia)
  • Retreat Doctors’ Hospital (HCA Virginia)
  • Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
  • Riverside Walter Reed Hospital
  • Sentara CarePlex Hospital*
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital*
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Medical Center
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
  • Sentara Obici Hospital
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center*
  • Smyth County Community Hospital (Ballad Health)
  • Twin County Regional Healthcare (Lifepoint Health)
  • UVA Health Culpeper Medical Center
  • UVA Health Haymarket Medical Center
  • UVA Health Prince William Medical Center
  • VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital
  • VHC Health
  • Warren Memorial Hospital (Valley Health)
  • Winchester Medical Center (Valley Health)

About VHHA: The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association is an alliance of 110 hospitals and 25 health delivery systems that develops and advocates for sound health care policy in the Commonwealth. Its mission is to achieve excellence in both health care and health to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation. Its vision is through collaboration with members and stakeholders, to ensure the sustainability of Virginia health care system, transform the delivery of care to promote lower costs and high value across the continuum of care, and to improve health for all Virginians. Connect with VHHA through FacebookTwitterYouTubeLinkedIn, and Instagram.


Julian Walker
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