Derry, NH - The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for Spring 2017, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Parkland Medical Center has received the top "A" grade Hospital Safety Score, the highest grade granted to hospitals for keeping patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Parkland was one of seven hospitals in New Hampshire and one of only 823 hospitals nationally to receive an "A" for its commitment to safety. Parkland has received an "A" grade Hospital Safety Score in four of the five past grades.

"Parkland is honored to receive national recognition as a top performer in patient safety," said Jeff Scionti, CEO of Parkland Medical Center. "Our physicians and staff take tremendous pride in caring for our patients and ensuring safe, quality care to help drive the best possible outcomes. This recognition comes on the heels of Parkland earning The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval® for Hospital Accreditation, a testament to our commitment of providing the safest and best care possible for the communities we serve."

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 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.

"Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an 'A' Safety Grade."