Harborview Medical Center has received an “A” for patient safety for the fourth consecutive time from The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score program. The Leapfrog Group is an independent healthcare industry watchdog that advocates for public access to quality and safety data from U.S. hospitals. An “A” signifies that Harborview Medical Center is among the safest hospitals in the region and nation.
The Leapfrog Hospital Survey measures and reports on hospital performance in three key areas: how patients fare, resources used in caring for patients, and leadership and structures that promote patient safety. Review areas include surgery protocols, infection controls, staffing levels and standardized procedures for establishing and maintaining safety levels. Leapfrog scores are updated every six months. Harborview's most recent score is from Leapfrog's Spring 2015 scoring cycle.
To determine a hospital's score, The Leapfrog Group uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data from the following sources:
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)
American Hospital Association's Annual Survey
Leapfrog Hospital Survey
Hospitals are graded from A to F based on their ability to prevent errors, accidents, injuries and infections.* The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading patient safety experts.
* The grades used in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety ScoreSM
program are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using national evidence-based measures of patient safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. For more information, visit
Harborview Medical Center is a King County owned property