Baptist Health East Region hospitals earn recognition with Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

November 18, 2022

Hospitals earn top rating of "A" for hospital safety for fall 2022.

LEXINGTON, KY. (Nov. 16, 2022) Baptist Health Lexington and Baptist Health Richmond have earned the top rating of “A” for hospital safety for fall 2022 from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization.

The national distinction recognizes achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital. The two hospitals are part of the East Region of Baptist Health’s statewide family of hospitals.

“This recognition is a reflection of our continuing commitment to quality care,” said Chris Roty, president of Baptist Health Lexington. “The safety of our patients is the highest priority for our physicians and staff.” This latest rating marks the 10th time in a row that Baptist Health Lexington has received an “A” grade.

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 more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms 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.

“This is now our 5th consecutive “A” and I could not be more proud of our team at Baptist Health Richmond,” said Greg D. Gerard, president of Baptist Health Richmond. “This acknowledgement from the Leapfrog Group clearly demonstrates the commitment to excellence in all that we do at our hospital. It further tells the story that great things are happening at Baptist Health Richmond. Nevertheless, while we appreciate the recognition, we know we must remain focused on getting better, every day. The pressure is on, and it’s a challenge we welcome.”

To see full grade details for these Baptist Health hospitals and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit Learn more about the Baptist Health system of hospitals at