The Leapfrog Group – Virginia (Hospitals)

VBCH Patient Safety Initiative

VBCH is Virginia’s lead agency for The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), the USA’s top independent organization for evaluating hospitals, hospital safety, and prevention of hospital errors. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score awards hospitals grades of “A” through “F.”

We thank our Virginia-wide Leapfrog-reporting hospitals for their transparency and their improvement, and we thank these hospitals and our health plans for their strategic partnership with the VBCH.


July 25, 2014
The 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Survey results are now available at  Leapfrog had a record-high number of hospitals reporting by the target date of June 30th, with 1,333 hospitals participating. Results will be updated monthly through December 31, 2014, and we anticipate many additional hospitals will continue to report each month.

April 29, 2014
The Leapfrog Group released the Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Scores.
 64 Virginia hospitals were issued a Hospital Safety Score:
~28 earned an “A
~21 earned a “B
~12 earned a “C
~ earned a “D
~0 earned an “F

For more information on the Spring 2014 release of Hospital Safety Scores and to view the state rankings, please visit

For the national press release, visit Hospital Safety Score Reveals Hospitals Becoming Safer, but Dangers to Patients Lurk.

We encourage you to share this information with your network of contacts as well as through social media outlets using #hospitalsafetyscore.

On behalf of the Virginia Business Coalition on Health and The Leapfrog Group, thank you for contributing to another successful round of Hospital Safety Scores!

March 3, 2014
The Leapfrog Group announced the updated rates of Early Elective Deliveries as reported on the 2013 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. We are pleased to announce that the national rate of early elective deliveries dropped for the second year. Early elective deliveries have been decreasing since 2010 when Leapfrog became the first to publicly report hospital rates. In 2013, 71 percent of the reporting hospitals met Leapfrog’s early elective deliveries target rate of less than 5 percent, compared to 46 percent of hospitals in the 2012 survey.  To access the press release, Dramatic Decline in Dangerous Early Elective Deliveries; The Leapfrog Group Cautions Against Babies Being Born Too Soon, Hits National Target, and the average state rates of Early Elective Deliveries, please visit the Leapfrog website.

December 4, 2013
VBCH congratulates two Virginia TOP HOSPITALS  for the 2013 Survey:

  1. Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital
  2. Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

April 1, 2013
We are very pleased to share that Leapfrog has been included in a USA Today patient safety awareness campaign





SHARE: To maintain and improve, and promote consumerism, every employer is encourage to make these scores available to every employee and their family member. Employers in communities with low-scoring hospitals could unite to make the hospitals’ individual scores visible. Also, employers can ask their health plan administrators to use this information on all their websites and in designing Pay-for-Performance programs.
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Leapfrog Hospital Survey / Report: 9/30/201351% – Virginia hospitals participate

Early Elective Deliveries (EED)- Target Rate: less than 5%

EED Downloads:  

EED Outomes:

  • 23 Virginia hospitals “Fully Meets Standard”
  • 13 Hospitals are “Worse than Target” 
    ~8 of this group have “Substantial Progress”
  • 5.4% – Average Virginia rate of Early Elective Deliveries
    ~at least 17 state have better rates than Virginia.

HOSPITAL SAFETY SCORE - Report: April 29, 2014