Providence gets high marks from Leapfrog: More "A" grades than any other health system in Oregon

October 23, 2013
Four Providence Health & Services hospitals in Oregon received “A” grades in the fall 2013 update to the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score. That’s more than any other health system in Oregon. The Leapfrog score rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The “A” grades went to Providence Milwaukie Hospital, Providence Newberg Medical Center, Providence Portland Medical Center and Providence St. Vincent Medical Center. The score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the score is designed to give people information to use for themselves and their families.            

“The Providence scores reflect the commitment of our teams across the region to our Mission and to continuous improvement,” said Doug Koekkoek, M.D., chief medical officer for Providence in Oregon. “Our goal is to provide care for our patients that reflects excellence, high quality and safety.”            

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including the four Providence hospitals, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope hospitals will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

To see how scores compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at Local hospitals’ scores are also available on a free mobile app, available at

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group ( is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.