L-R: Dr. L. Venu, Chief of Staff; Gina Temple, CEO; Dr. Joe Pino, Chief of Staff

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was awarded an 'A' in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's achievements providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and other harms to patients.

"Recognition from the Leapfrog Group is confirmation of our commitment to clinical excellence and reflects what we can accomplish when we unite around a common desire to make quality and safety a top priority," said Gina Temple, President and CEO Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. "This acknowledgement means so much to our healthcare heroes during these challenging times as we partner with our physicians and community to create a safe environment for care and treatment".

"As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We hope this 'A' helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country's time of need."

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade's methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point was awarded an 'A' grade today, when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2020. To see Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.