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Aiken Regional Medical Centers has been awarded an 'A' rating by the Leapfrog Group for the fourth consecutive year. 

Aiken Regional Medical Centers was awarded an A in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.

“We have continued to take extraordinary measures to keep our hospital clean and safe for both our patients and team during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jim O’Loughlin, CEO of Aiken Regional Medical Centers. “I am incredibly proud of our team earning, yet another A rating for safety, especially during a time when our knowledge regarding COVID-19 was continuously evolving. This award further demonstrates the commitment our team has to providing quality care to the Aiken community.”

“As the nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this A helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Aiken Regional. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 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.

Kristina Rackley is a general assignment reporter with the Aiken Standard.