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LCMC Health Hospitals Nationally Recognized with High Grades for Patient Safety

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LCMC Health Hospitals Nationally Recognized with High Grades for Patient Safety

All seven participating LCMC Health hospitals earned grades of “A” or “B”

Today, LCMC Health announced that seven of its hospitals have earned high Hospital Safety Grades from The Leapfrog Group, a national leader and advocate in hospital transparency. Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 measures of errors, accidents, injuries and infections as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent them.

All seven LCMC Health hospitals that participated in the survey ranked as an “A” or “B.” These rankings reaffirm the health system’s position among the top half of Leapfrog’s safest hospitals nationwide.

Hospitals that earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group include:

  • East Jefferson General Hospital
  • Lakeside Hospital
  • Lakeview Hospital
  • Touro

Hospitals that received a “B” Hospital Safety Grade include:

  • New Orleans East Hospital
  • University Medical Center New Orleans
  • West Jefferson Medical Center

The more notable highlights on the Leapfrog Hospital Ratings include East Jefferson General Hospital’s sixth consecutive “A” score, demonstrating its steadfast commitment to quality and patient-centered care. Additionally, University Medical Center New Orleans achieved significant improvement towards excellence by establishing robust protocols and collaborative efforts across allied health, nursing, and support services. The overall success of the health system’s Leapfrog’s journey underscores its commitment to creating a culture of safety for patients.


“I am proud of our hospitals’ consistent commitment to improving quality care and patient safety,” said Jennifer Schwehm, vice president of patient safety and quality for LCMC Health. “Delivering exceptional patient-centered care to ensure the safety and well-being of our community is the cornerstone of our mission at LCMC Health. This recognition is a testament to our rigorous standards and continuous improvement efforts, and it reinforces our team’s hard work and dedicated efforts to excellence across all facets of the system.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program focused exclusively on preventable medical errors, infections, and injuries that kill more than 500 patients a day nationally. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“Everyone who works at one of the LCMC Health hospitals should be proud of its Hospital Safety Grades,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes complete dedication of at every level, and an ironclad commitment to putting patients first. I thank LCMC Health, its leadership, clinicians, staff, and volunteers for caring so deeply for its patients and their safety.”

To see LCMC Health’s hospitals full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram and via The Leapfrog Group newsletter. 

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