Leapfrog’s Highest Safety Rating

ECMC again earns highest safety ratings in national survey

ECMC’s commitment to delivering quality patient care supported by leading national survey.

Trusted, transparent and evidence-based national survey rates over 2,600 hospitals across the United States


The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profi t organization founded more than a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private health care experts, has again rated ECMC’s overall patient safety score at ‘A’. ECMC had previously earned the organization’s highest patient safety score in April 2017. The Leapfrog patient surveys assesses: medical errors, accidents, injuries, infections and patient experiences. The national organization is committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system; their annual patient safety surveys assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. ECMC was 1 of 12 hospitals in New York State and 1 of 3 in Western New York to receive the Leapfrog A patient safety rating.

Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group said, “Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records. Every hospital can earn an ‘A’ grade, and we’re proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect patients from harm.”

Thomas J. Quatroche, Jr., Ph.D., ECMC President and CEO said, “On behalf of the over 4,000 dedicated and skilled caregivers at ECMC, we are thrilled to again receive this exceptional rating from such a respected national organization. Given the level of acuity of the patients we care for, this is a tremendous affirmation of the excellence in care provided by our entire staff. There are not many large public, academic, safety net hospitals across the country who have achieved an A…let alone doing it twice. This rating confirms what we have witnessed repeatedly in recent years – the quality and compassionate care of our doctors, nurses, clinicians, environmental services, and our entire ECMC Family, who have all contributed to building ECMC as a national best-in-class healthcare system and hospital of choice for patients seeking our care.”

Dr. Brian Murray, ECMC Chief Medical Offi cer said, “This patient safety score represents the high level of excellence and professionalism our caregivers provide every day to each patient in our care. ECMC maintains a high standard of care that is evident in every service area of the hospital and we take great pride in this type of outside recognition, particularly from such a respected and leading national organization like The Leapfrog Group.” are system and hospital of choice for patients seeking our care.”

Karen Ziemianski, ECMC Senior Vice President of Nursing said, “To receive The Leapfrog Group’s highest honor for patient safety – an ‘A’ – is an incredible honor and we are thankful to our hard-working, dedicated caregivers who helped make this possible. It is especially gratifying to receive this recognition right before National Nurses Week, which recognizes the best in care our community has to offer. We have a truly unique culture of caring at ECMC and we are committed to treating each patient that comes to us with the highest level of quality care.”


Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to approximately 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

The Leapfrog Group states on its website that they “strive to make giant ‘leaps’ forward in the safety, quality and affordability of health care in the U.S. by promoting transparency through our data collection and public reporting initiatives. The survey is a trusted, transparent and evidence-based national tool in which more than 2,600 hospitals voluntarily participate free of charge.”


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