Baptist Health Richmond Nationally Recognized with an A for the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

December 14, 2020

Baptist Health Richmond was awarded an 'A' rating in patient safety from the independent Leapfrog Group for fall 2020

RICHMOND, Ky. (December 14, 2020) – Baptist Health Richmond was awarded an ‘A’ rating in patient safety from the independent Leapfrog Group for fall 2020 -- one of four Baptist Health hospitals to score the top rating.

Also receiving ‘A’ grades were Baptist Health La Grange, Baptist Health Madisonville and Baptist Health Lexington.

Twice a year, Leapfrog, a national nonprofit, assigns more than 2,600 hospitals a letter grade from ‘A’ to ‘F,’ publicly reporting the level of quality and safety as determined by its national performance metrics. Leapfrog standards and measures evolve over time and are focused on inpatient care in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients.

“I am incredibly proud of our 500+ caregivers for the work they do, every day.  While 2020 has presented us with challenges we could never have imagined, our Baptist Health Richmond family has been steadfast in providing safe, excellent care to those who turn their lives over to us,” said Greg D. Gerard, Baptist Health Richmond president.  “Our team has always been and will continue to be committed to providing an exceptional experience that results in zero harm to our patients, every time.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and healthcare workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Baptist Health Richmond. Lives depend on it.”

Only 34 percent of hospitals earned an A, with 24 percent getting a B, and 35 percent assigned a C. Only 7 percent of hospitals were given a D, and fewer than 3 percent rated an F.

“Baptist Health Richmond aims for constant and consistent improvement in our processes, using best practices to deliver excellent care to our patients,” said Marcie Backus, MSN, RN Quality Director. “This grade reflects the dedication of our staff to high standards of patient care.”

To see Baptist Health Richmond’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.