Published on May 12, 2014

Mary Greeley Receives an 'A' Grade in Hospital Safety

AMES, IA – Mary Greeley Medical Center has received an “A” grade for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization that focuses on improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care.

Leapfrog has issued its Hospital Safety Score report twice a year since 2012. Mary Greeley Medical Center has received ‘A’ grades in all five reports, and is one of only 251 hospitals in the country to achieve this consistency.

“Obviously, we don’t rest on our laurels at Mary Greeley Medical Center,” says Brian Dieter, president and CEO of Mary Greeley. “We are able to maintain the level of quality recognized by the Leapfrog Group through the commitment all our employees have to constantly monitoring and improving our patient care processes.”

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of leading experts on patient safety and is the only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety.

The Hospital Safety Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. Leapfrog’s process 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 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade. Specifically, Leapfrog’s grading system looks at process measures, which represents how often a hospital gives patients recommended treatment for a given medical condition or procedure; structural measures, which represent the environment in which patients receive care; and outcome measures, which represent what happens to a patient while receiving care.

To learn more about the Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score go to