LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. – MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center received an “A” for the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction that recognizes hospitals for providing safe patient care and protection. The safety score assigns a letter grade – A, B, C, D or F – to all general hospitals across the country every six months based on performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other safe patient care measurements.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade also helps consumers make informed decisions on where to seek care. Research shows hospitals with top safety rankings, such as the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, do a better job of preventing errors.

“We are extremely proud to be awarded an ‘A’ for hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group,” said Marcia Manker, CEO of Saddleback Medical Center. “This achievement is a direct reflection of our entire hospital staff’s unwavering commitment to putting the safety of our patients first.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Given the challenges hospitals across the world have faced with COVID-19, the safety score of an "A" is an impressive accomplishment. This ranking demonstrates a hospital's steadfast and intentional commitment to ensuring the safest practices in all areas of patient care. 

“Being recognized with this distinction is an honor and our dedication to delivering high quality, safe care has been and will always remain our top priority,” added Manker.

MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center was named one of America’s Best Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report and secured high-performing rankings for Orthopedics, Urology, Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Repair, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Heart Failure and Knee Replacement. It has been named among America's 50 Best Hospitals, Top 50 U.S. Cardiovascular Hospitals. Becker’s Hospital Review Great Orthopedics Programs, and is the only Orange County hospital recognized as a Center of Excellence by the Society for Obstetric Anesthesia and Perinatology. It is Orange County’s first Accredited Geriatric Emergency Department, consistently ranks in the top two Best of Orange County Hospitals by Orange County Register readers and named a Top Workplace by Orange County Register. Visit

The Leapfrog Group was founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.