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Leapfrog Group Credits Hospital’s Outstanding Patient Safety Work for Spring 2019

HOLLISTER, Calif.–May 27, 2019:  Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital (HHMH) has earned its second consecutive “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group, awarded to HHMH in Spring 2019 for meeting the highest quality and safety standards. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

HHMH also received an A grade in Fall 2018. “We have continued our commitment to meeting and exceeding the highest patient safety and quality standards,” said Ken Underwood, HHMH CEO. “I’m proud of our clinical and quality teams, and their commitment to improving healthcare within the hospital and out in our community.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national, nonprofit healthcare ratings organization striving to make giant leaps forward in the safety, quality, and affordability of healthcare in the U.S.  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 A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Scores are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

“Another excellent grade from Leapfrog demonstrates that we are consistently providing the highest quality care to our patients in an extremely safe environment,” said Marie Iverson, Vice President of Patient Care Services.

To stay on top of patient safety, HHMH uses rapid-cycle improvement methodologies, developing improvement teams as soon as a potential deficiency in patient safety is identified. The hospital also regularly assesses its compliance with the National Patient Safety Goals established by The Joint Commission hospital accreditation organization.

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 About Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital

Hazel Hawkins Memorial Hospital is a full-service, public agency hospital delivering modern medicine and compassionate care to the growing San Benito County community. HHMH offers hundreds of health services across multiple locations, including top-tier specialists, a modern ER, and a state-of-the-art Women’s Center. To learn more about Hazel Hawkins Hospital, please visit

 About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American healthcare. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance data, giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.  For more information, visit


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