For Immediate Release May 01, 2024

Charles Regional Medical Center, Leapfrog Spring 2024 Hospital Safety Grade A

UM Charles Regional Medical Center in La Plata earned the 'A' Safety Grade on May 1 from The Leapfrog Group.

New Grade for spring 2024 is a national recognition for patient safety. 

LA PLATA, MD (May 1, 2024) – University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System, earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care. Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 measures of errors, accidents, injuries and infections as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent them.  

“I’m proud of our entire hospital team for their dedication to upholding high standards of safety and constantly looking for ways to further improve both patient and staff safety as well as patient outcomes,” said Noel Cervino, President and CEO of UM Charles Regional. “It takes complete dedication to deliver a better state of care.”

“This achievement also reflects our dedication to the values shared throughout the University of Maryland Medical System: compassion, discovery, excellence, diversity, integrity,” Cervino added. 

“Everyone who works at UM Charles Regional should be proud of this ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes complete dedication of at every level, and an ironclad commitment to putting patients first. I thank UM Charles Regional for its leadership, clinicians, staff, and volunteers for caring so deeply for its patients and their safety.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program focused exclusively on preventable medical errors, infections and injuries that kill more than 500 patients a day nationally. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring. 

To see UM Charles Regional’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram and via The Leapfrog Group newsletter.  

Other recent recognitions of UM Charles Regional include being honored with an Innovative Hospital Award by Health.com, recognizing the hospital's efforts to be at the forefront of medical innovation and its dedication to patient care and outcomes. 

In addition, last year UM Charles Regional once again received a national "Get With the Guidelines" program award for demonstrating commitment to following up-to-date, research-based guidelines for the treatment of stroke and diabetes, leading to more lives saved, shorter recovery times and fewer readmissions to the hospital. The recognition followed the hospital earning a five-year redesignation as a primary stroke center from the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. 

About UM Charles Regional Medical Center

UM Charles Regional Medical Center is a member of the University of Maryland Medical System and serves as a regional, not-for-profit, integrated health system serving Charles County and the surrounding areas of Southern Maryland. Our mission is to provide excellent patient care as measured by the population’s health, clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cost effectiveness. UM Charles Regional Medical Center will remain the premier place to receive care and the premier place to provide care. For more information, visit www.UMCharlesRegional.org.

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 University of Maryland Urgent Care centers and more than 150 other locations in 13 counties. For more information, visit www.umms.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 for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and 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. For more, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter.