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PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center nationally recognized with an ‘A’ for the spring 2024 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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VANCOUVER, Wash. –PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’in the spring 2024 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a distinction recognizing PeaceHealth Southwest’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

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, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“Our community can rely on our caregivers and physicians to never waiver in their commitment of providing safe, high-quality care every day, said Tracey Fernandez, PeaceHealth Southwest Interim Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer. “It is essential to our Mission.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

To see PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

About PeaceHealth: PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 9 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at


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