St. Elizabeth Earns "A" Grade in Patient Safety Tuesday October 31, 2017 Edgewood, KY – The independent national hospital watchdog group, The Leapfrog Group, announced its fall 2017 hospital safety scores. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. St. Elizabeth Edgewood and Ft. Thomas were both awarded an “A” for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. “We strongly believe the patient is the center of our universe,” says Garren Colvin, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that makes their safety and high-quality patient care the top priority. These superior Leapfrog grades are a reflection of St. Elizabeth’s commitment to providing our patients with this level of care.” “It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of St. Elizabeth for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.” Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 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. To see St. Elizabeth’s full grades, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.