Chattanooga, TN – For the fourth consecutive awards cycle, Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the facility’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

“Earning consecutive ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group underscores the fact that patient safety is a foundational part of our culture at Parkridge Health,” said Tom Ozburn, president and CEO of Parkridge Health System. “Patient safety is paramount to our healthcare philosophy at Parkridge Health System, and such recognition demonstrates the hard work and commitment of our colleagues to the communities we serve.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Safety Grade uses as many as 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East Hospital show us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

“Parkridge East has a long-standing reputation for excellent patient experience, and safety is a key part of that,” said Will Windham, CEO of Parkridge East. “I’m so proud of our colleagues for earning national recognition for their efforts to provide the best possible care for our patients.”