Snellville, GA — Eastside Medical Center has been awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This designation recognizes Eastside's efforts to protect patients from harm and to provide safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit 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, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients in their care.

"At Eastside, patient safety is our top priority," said Trent Lind, CEO of Eastside Medical Center. "Earning an 'A' in patient safety from Leapfrog is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our Eastside colleagues across all departments to provide the highest quality of care for our patients."

"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."

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.

Eastside Medical Center was awarded an 'A' grade yesterday, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. To see Eastside Medical Center's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Grade website and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.