For Immediate Release November 16, 2022


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GLEN BURNIE, Md. (Nov. 16, 2022) – University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) once again received an "A" Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a third-party rating organization. This national distinction celebrates UM BWMC's accomplishments in protecting hospital patients from preventable harm and errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

"This recognition is a testament to the dedication of our team members who provide the highest level of safety and care for our patients every day," said Kathy McCollum, President and Chief Executive Officer of UM BWMC. "We are proud to have achieved this national recognition, as this rating reflects our commitment to offering the best in class patient care and safety to all of the communities we serve.:

"Patient safety is the highest priority when providing quality medical care," said Neel Vibhakar, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at UM BWMC. "This 'A' grade is proof that despite the challenges of COVID-19, our team never lost sight of the bigger picture. Thanks to our team's focus on communication and continued commitment to safety, we were able to provide a consistent, high-quality care experience to patients who needed our services."

The Leapfrog Group is an independent organization that grades nearly 3,000 hospitals throughout the United States on their ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. Hospitals are assigned an "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" grade based on national performance measures and publicly available hospital safety data in key areas such as hospital acquired infections, falls, hand hygiene and surgical complications. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned twice annually and are seen as a top standard measure of patient safety nationally. The 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 314 beds and more than 3,100 team members. It also has 1,200 medical providers on staff in over 50 specialties. For more information, visit

About the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is an academic private health system, focused on delivering compassionate, high quality care and putting discovery and innovation into practice at the bedside. Partnering with the University of Maryland School of Medicine and University of Maryland, Baltimore who educate the state's future health care professionals, UMMS is an integrated network of care, delivering 25 percent of all hospital care in urban, suburban and rural communities across the state of Maryland. UMMS puts academic medicine within reach through primary and specialty care delivered at 11 hospitals, including the flagship University of Maryland Medical Center, the System's anchor institution in downtown Baltimore, as well as through a network of 10 University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit