UP Health System - Portage Nationally Recognized with Fifth Consecutive 'A' for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

December 14, 2020

UP Health System – Portage was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing UPHS – Portage’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent 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. 

“We want to thank and appreciate our healthcare heroes that have been working hard on the frontlines to protect our community from COVID-19 and year-round,” said Ed Freysinger, chief executive officer of UPHS – Portage. “It’s because of their tireless dedication and commitment that we continue to make strides in quality and patient safety.”

“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 CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for UPHS – Portage. 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.  UPHS – Portage was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see UPHS – Portage’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org, 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 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 consumer’s 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.