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Saint Francis Receives Sixth Straight 'A' Rating for Safety from Leapfrog

Saint Francis Hospital, a member of Trinity Health Of New England, received an ‘A’ in the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Saint Francis’ achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national 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. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. Saint Francis is the only Connecticut hospital to achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade for the last six consecutive grading cycles and the only hospital to achieve nine ‘A’ Safety Grades for last ten consecutive grading cycles.  

“Receiving an ‘A’ rating in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for the sixth consecutive cycle is a true testament to the focus our physicians, nurses, providers, and staff put on patient safety,” said Thomas Burke, BPharm, M.B.A, President of Saint Francis Hospital. “Safety is one of our Core Values, and the commitment to providing the safest, top quality care for every patient who comes through our doors is evident. We are so proud to continue achieving the highest marks when it comes to patient safety.” 

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Saint Francis show us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”  

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 2,700 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.  

Saint Francis Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see Saint Francis’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.