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Hospital safety grade improves at both hospitals

Skagit Regional Health participates in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade program and our new grades for Spring 2022 show improvement in our scores at both Skagit Valley Hospital and Cascade Valley Hospital.

Cascade Valley Hospital’s Safety Grade has improved to an “A” for the current reporting period and Skagit Valley Hospital’s Safety Grade remains a “B,” though the actual score improved since last Fall.

Chief Quality Officer Josh Griggs, MD notes that the Hospital Safety Grade is based on quality and safety metrics such as hospital-acquired infections, falls, hand hygiene, surgical complications, safe use of Epic as well as patient survey results.

“This improved Leapfrog grade demonstrates Skagit Regional Health’s commitment to safety and high quality care and reflects the hard work of leadership and the care teams,” Dr. Griggs said. The Hospital Safety Grade is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.

The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the grade is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

For more information, go to Your Hospital’s Safety Grade at