Watertown Regional Medical Center was awarded an "A" from The Leapfrog Group's Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

The designation recognizes the medical center's efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States, stated a WRMC press release. The medical center was one of 855 across the U.S. awarded an "A" in the fall update of grades.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Safety Grade's methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

"We work hard to foster a culture of safety," said Isabelle Garibaldi, chief nursing officer at Watertown Regional Medical Center. "At WRMC, we take that responsibility seriously and our 'A' grade can only be achieved when all levels of the organization are part of our quality initiatives."

To see WRMC's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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