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Salem Hospital Awarded "A" Grade for Patient Safety

SALEM, MA – Salem Hospital was awarded an “A” grade for safety Monday by the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit watchdog organization.

The Leapfrog Group assigns letter grades, ranging from “A” to “F”, to general hospitals throughout the United States. The grades are based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

“I’m proud that we’ve established a true culture of safety at Salem Hospital and that’s the result of the commitment of our entire clinical and support staff,” said Roxanne Ruppel, president and chief operating officer. “Their profound concern for our patients and their families is evident, and I am thankful that this exceptional dedication is recognized through this data."

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. Safety Grade results are updated each fall and spring.

“Earning an ‘A’ Grade means Salem Hospital made a true commitment to put patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the leadership, Board, clinicians, staff and volunteers that all had a role to play in this achievement.”

The full Leapfrog grade details for hospitals are available online at