MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade for Spring 2023 from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers.

This national distinction celebrates Saddleback Medical Center’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. The new grades reflect performance primarily during the height of the pandemic. It is the sixth time Saddleback Medical Center has received this award.

“We are proud to once again be recognized by The Leapfrog Group with an ‘A’ Safety Grade,” said Marcia Manker, chief executive officer, MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center. “This recognition reflects the efforts of our physicians and care teams to provide safe, compassionate care during the COVID-19 pandemic and our ongoing commitment to improving the health and well-being of the communities we serve by ensuring that our patients’ safety is a top priority.”

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 systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”

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.

Learn more about Saddleback Medical Center’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital.