UM BWMC Receives A Grade in Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
Glen Burnie, MD – University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) received an "A" grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for the fourth consecutive reporting period. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a national distinction recognizing UM BWMC's achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns 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.
"Earning this recognition four times in a row demonstrates the unwavering commitment of our team members to provide best-in-class patient care every day," said Kathy McCollum, president and CEO of UM BWMC. "We are proud to have achieved this national recognition, and our patients and families can feel confident that they'll receive high quality, safe 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 UM BWMC shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.'
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 2,700 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.
About the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center
The University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) is an acute-care facility that is part of the University of Maryland Medical System. It is located in Glen Burnie, Maryland and has 285 beds and more than 3,500 employees. It also has 1,000 medical providers in over 50 specialties. For more information, visit www.umbwmc.org.
About The Leapfrog Group
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.