Parkland Medical Center was awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, marking a fifth consecutive 'A' Hospital Safety Grade for the hospital. The designation recognizes Parkland Medical Center's efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

Parkland is the only hospital in New Hampshire to receive an 'A' Grade Hospital Safety score for the past five consecutive terms and has received an 'A' grade seven of the eight past terms.

"As part of our ongoing commitment to excellence, our physicians and staff continuously implement best practices to ensure our patients receive safe, high quality care," said Jeff Scionti, CEO of Parkland Medical Center. "Receiving the Leapfrog Hospital Safety 'A' Grade for a fifth consecutive time as a national top performer in patient safety is a validation of the commitment our entire staff makes to the communities we serve and demonstrates how we continue to be a leader for patient safety in New Hampshire."

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.

"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."

To see Parkland Medical Center's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.