Portsmouth, NH — Portsmouth Regional Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group's fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Portsmouth Regional Hospital's efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

This award follows the recent announcement Portsmouth Regional Hospital was named New Hampshire's only “Top Teaching Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group. In addition, Portsmouth Regional Hospital was 1 of only 2 New Hampshire hospitals for this term to receive an ‘A’ grade. HCA New Hampshire hospitals Parkland Medical Center and Frisbie Memorial Hospital were also recognized by Leapfrog with respective grades of an ‘A’ for Parkland and ‘B’ for Frisbie.

“I'm incredibly proud of our staff and providers for their dedication to our patients and to our mission – especially in a year so consumed by the pandemic,” said Dean Carucci, chief executive officer of Portsmouth Regional Hospital. “Receiving the Leapfrog Hospital Safety ‘A’ Grade is affirmation of the relentless commitment our entire staff makes to patient safety on the Seacoast.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 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.

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care 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 Parkland Medical Center. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

To see Portsmouth Regional Hospital's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit Hospital Safety Grade.