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CHRISTUS St. Vincent Receives an ‘A’ for Patient Safety for the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

By Christus St Vincent

CHRISTUS St Vincent was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“CHRISTUS St. Vincent is extremely proud of this amazing accomplishment. It represents yet another important milestone in our journey to improving the care we provide to our patients and our community. Our continued investment and focus on quality has allowed us to greatly improve the hospital’s clinical quality, while improving patient safety, and reducing our harm rate,” said Lillian Montoya, President & CEO of CHRISTUS St. Vincent. “We have worked hard to engage our Associates and empower them to deliver excellent care while continuously elevating the patient experience. The Leapfrog A Grade is a direct reflection of all of those efforts.”

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 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.

CHRISTUS St. Vincent was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. To see CHRISTUS St. Vincent’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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 Surveycollects and transparently reports hospital 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.

About CHRISTUS St. Vincent

CHRISTUS St. Vincent is a private, not-for-profit hospital serving more than 300,000 people across seven counties in northern New Mexico. Founded in 1865 by the Sisters of Charity, it was the first organized health care facility in the New Mexico Territory. Today, CHRISTUS St. Vincent employs more than 2,400 providers and associates, and operates more than 41 physician-led clinics and centers of specialty care. CHRISTUS St. Vincent holds a 4-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and has been recognized by its associates as a “Best Place to Work” in New Mexico. Its healing ministry is to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves.

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