Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East Hospital have again earned "A" grades for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for patients. This designation recognizes Parkridge Health System's efforts to protect patients from harm and provide safer health care. Parkridge Medical Center and Parkridge East are the only hospitals in Chattanooga to earn "A" safety grades.

"Patient safety is a chief priority across Parkridge Health System," said Tom Ozburn, CEO of Parkridge Health. "We are tremendously proud of our colleagues, who have worked tirelessly to ensure our patients receive medical care in the safest manner possible. This recognition affirms our commitment to the communities we serve."

"Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Every hospital can earn an 'A' grade, and we're proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect patients from harm."

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to approximately 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

"As a trusted community healthcare provider, our patients are at the heart of everything we do," said Jarrett Millsaps, CEO of Parkridge East Hospital. "Safety is a foundational approach to our approach to healthcare and key to our promise of delivering the best possible patient experience."