Tulane Lakeside Hospital was awarded an "A" from The Leapfrog Group's Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Tulane Lakeside's continued efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

"One of the most important tenets of medicine is 'first, do no harm.' Patients and families trust that when they seek care at Tulane, they are going to get better, not worse," said Jana Stonestreet, Tulane Health System's chief nursing officer. "We work tirelessly to create an environment of care in which patient safety is paramount. I'm honored that this work is being recognized and what that means for our patients."

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

"To be recognized nationally as an 'A' hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Hospitals that earn an 'A' grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this designation."

This is the second-consecutive "A" safety rating earned by Tulane Lakeside. Tulane Health System's other campuses - Tulane Medical Center in downtown New Orleans and Lakeview Regional Medical Center in Covington - both earned "B" safety ratings.

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 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.

To see Tulane Lakeside's full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit Hospitalsafetygrade.org. To learn more about Tulane Lakeside and its services, please visit TulaneLakeside.com.