Salem, VA, May 6, 2014 – All four LewisGale hospitals received top grades for patient safety in Leapfrog’s Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Scores. The hospitals were graded on how well they protected patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

Three LewisGale hospitals received an “A”: LewisGale Medical Center, LewisGale Hospital Montgomery, and LewisGale Hospital Pulaski. Only 31 percent of the more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide who were scored received the highest grade possible. LewisGale Hospital Alleghany also received a “B”, a higher score than most hospitals in the region.

“Our hospital scores continue to improve and this year we were pleased to have LewisGale Hospital Pulaski move from a “B” to an “A” since the last report, said Dr. Richard Embrey, Chief Medical Officer, LewisGale Regional Health System. “ Our mission is to be the most trusted and respected health system in Southwest Virginia and our patient safety scores are a reflection of that commitment. Our success can be attributed to the dedication of our nurses, physicians and staff and their commitment to provide every patient with high-quality care.”

The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog.

For more information about the scores, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.