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Local Hospital Earns National Honor

Catawba Valley Medical Center (CVMC) has received an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group for Fall, 2023. This national distinction recognizes CVMC’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital, as well as meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. This marks the 14th ‘A’ grade for safety that CVMC has received in Leapfrog’s last 15 reporting periods.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. Results are updated each fall and spring. Less than one-third of all U.S. hospitals achieve an ‘A’ grade.

Michelle Lusk, Chief Nursing Officer of Catawba Valley Health System, said, “It truly is remarkable that our team has continued to perform at the highest possible level year after year to ensure that our patients receive exceptional care. Safety and quality must be the top priorities in a healthcare setting, and we’re so proud to show this region our commitment to these priorities above all else.”

“Earning an ‘A’ Grade means Catawba Valley Medical Center has made a true commitment to put patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the leadership, Board, clinicians, staff and volunteers that all had a role to play in this achievement.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. 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 at

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