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All three Novant Health UVA Health System acute care facilities receive ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group

Local hospitals earn top safety recognition across entire health system for keeping patients safe

WARRENTON, Va., Dec. 14, 2020 – Novant Health UVA Health System, an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient services and medical centers in northern and central Virginia, was awarded three ‘A’ grades  from The Leapfrog Group’s fall 2020  Hospital Safety Grade, a designation recognizing hospitals’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The 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 based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

For fall 2020, Novant Health UVA Health System’s Prince William Medical Center, Haymarket Medical Center and Culpeper Medical Center were all awarded ’A’ grades. Novant Health UVA Health System was in the top third of hospitals nationwide – and among only 36 hospitals in the state of Virginia – to receive ‘A’ safety grades.

“We’re thrilled to receive system-wide recognition from The Leapfrog Group for our commitment to safety and quality of care – two pillars Novant Health UVA Health System works diligently to uphold,” said Al Pilong, chief executive officer, Novant Health UVA Health System.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all, and we’re so proud of our team members, physicians and advanced practice providers for their resiliency throughout these uncertain times and continued dedication to patient safety,” Pilong added. “It is an honor to see our efforts recognized across all three medical centers and have them named among the safest hospitals in the United States.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer, The Leapfrog Group.

“This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Novant Health UVA Health System,” Binder added. “With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

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 2,600 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.

To view the Novant Health UVA Health System scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade website at

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.

About Novant Health UVA Health System
Novant Health UVA Health System is an integrated network of physician offices, outpatient centers and medical centers providing patients access to advanced, quality care delivered with a personal touch. Founded in 2016, the regional Health System is a partnership between Novant Health and UVA Health System that provides subspecialty care and groundbreaking clinical trials — with the support of UVA Health System — along with urgent and primary care in Virginia. Headquartered in Warrenton, Va., Novant Health UVA Health System is committed to providing quality care close to home.

Posted on Monday, December 14, 2020