Virginia Hospitals Rank First in Patient Safety

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By Amie Knowles
December 1, 2021

Fifty-Six Percent of Hospitals Got an “A” Rating

Virginia’s hospitals topped the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade state rankings for Fall 2021, with 56% of hospitals receiving an “A” ranking for patient safety. Neighboring North Carolina came in second, with 55%. In a stark contrast, West Virginia ranked close to last with 4.6% of its hospitals getting an “A” ranking in patient safety. Only three states received 0%: Washington, DC, Delaware, and North Dakota. 

What do these rankings mean, and how do they impact families and individuals across the commonwealth? When someone goes to the hospital, there’s typically some type of ailment they’re hoping to fix—and those procedures often go best without additional complications at no fault of the patient. The Leapfrog Group found that upwards of 250,000 people die every year from preventable errors in hospitals. Their rankings take into account how hospitals and other health care organizations protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

Out of the 73 hospitals monitored by Leapfrog Group, 41 received an “A” grade, followed by 18 who received “B” grades, 13 hospitals received “C” grades, while only one hospital, Fauquier Hospital in Warrenton, received a “D” grade.

Overall, the Old Dominion State climbed three spots over the past few months, coming in fourth out of 51 states in Leapfrog’s Spring 2021 ranking with a solid 50%. 

So how does your local hospital rank? We’ve listed all 73, alphabetically by their grades. 

“A” Grade:

  • Augusta Health
  • Bon Secours Mary Immaculate Hospital
  • Bon Secours Maryview Medical Center
  • Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center
  • Bon Secours St. Mary’s Hospital of Richmond
  • Buchanan General Hospital
  • Carilion New River Valley Medical Center
  • CJW Medical Center—Chippenham Campus (HCA Virginia)
  • CJW Medical Center—Johnston-Willis Campus (HCA Virginia)
  • Clinch Valley Medical Center
  • Henrico Doctors’ Hospital (HCA Virginia)
  • Inova Alexandria Hospital
  • Inova Fair Oaks Hospital
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital
  • Inova Loudoun Hospital
  • Inova Mount Vernon Hospital
  • LewisGale Hospital Alleghany 
  • LewisGale Hospital Montgomery 
  • LewisGale Hospital Pulaski 
  • LewisGale Medical Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Culpeper Medical Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center
  • Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center
  • Parham Doctors’ Hospital (HCA Virginia)
  • Reston Hospital Center (HCA Virginia)
  • Retreat Doctors’ Hospital (HCA Virginia)
  • Riverside Doctors’ Hospital Williamsburg
  • Riverside Regional Medical Center
  • Riverside Shore Memorial Hospital
  • Riverside Walter Reed Hospital
  • Sentara CarePlex Hospital
  • Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital
  • Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital
  • Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center
  • Sentara Obici Hospital
  • Sentara Princess Anne Hospital
  • Sentara Williamsburg Regional Medical Center
  • Smyth County Community Hospital (Ballad Health)
  • Virginia Hospital Center — Arlington Health System
  • Winchester Medical Center

“B” Grade:

  • Bon Secours Southside Regional Medical Center
  • Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital
  • Centra Bedford Memorial Hospital
  • Chesapeake Regional Medical Center
  • John Randolph Medical Center (HCA Virginia)
  • Johnston Memorial Hospital (Ballad Health)
  • Lonesome Pine Hospital (Ballad Health)
  • Norton Community Hospital (Ballad Health)
  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • Sentara RMH Medical Center
  • Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital
  • Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center (HCA Virginia)
  • StoneSprings Hospital Center (HCA Virginia)
  • Twin County Regional Healthcare
  • University of Virginia Medical Center
  • VCU Health Tappahannock Hospital
  • Warren Memorial Hospital
  • Wythe County Community Hospital

“C” Grade: 

  • Bon Secours Memorial Regional Medical Center
  • Bon Secours Southampton Memorial Hospital
  • Bon Secours Southern Virginia Regional Medical Center
  • Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital
  • Centra Lynchburg General Hospital
  • Centra Southside Community Hospital
  • Centra Virginia Baptist Hospital
  • Sovah Health – Danville Regional Medical Center
  • Mary Washington Hospital (Mary Washington Healthcare)
  • Sovah Health Martinsville 
  • Stafford Hospital (Mary Washington Healthcare)
  • VCU Health Community Memorial Hospital
  • VCU Medical Center Main Hospital

“D” Grade:

  • Fauquier Hospital
  • Amie Knowles

    Amie is Dogwood's community editor. She has been in journalism for several years, winning multiple awards from the Virginia Press Association for news and features content. A lifelong Virginia resident, her work has appeared in the Martinsville Bulletin, Danville Register & Bee and NWNC Magazine.

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