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Published on April 29, 2015

Overlake Medical Center Receives ‘A’ Grade in Hospital Safety


Bellevue, Wash. – April 29, 2015 –Overlake Medical Center has received a Hospital Safety ScoreSM “A” letter grade from The Leapfrog Group .

The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization and advocate for patient safety nationwide, awards letter grades to hospitals on a semi-annual basis.  Overlake was the only hospital on the Eastside of King County to be recognized with an A grade this year. Only 11 of the 43 Leapfrog-graded hospitals in Washington received an A grade. Overlake also received A grades last year and in 2013.

“This recognition affirms our commitment to providing the highest caliber care to our patients,” said Overlake President and CEO J. Michael Marsh.  “This distinction also affirms the commitment and dedication that our physicians, nurses and staff demonstrate every day.” 

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score assigns A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals to show how safe hospitals are for patients. It rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety using publicly-available hospital safety data. The score is used to help empower patients to make informed decisions about the safety of their hospital care.

Overlake has also been recognized by The Joint Commission as a “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures” three years in a row, another national distinction for exemplary performance in using evidence-based clinical process to improve patient care and safety.

Additionally Overlake is recognized for top quality and safety in patient care
for its breast cancer, bariatric surgery and stroke programs.

To schedule an interview or for more information about Overlake’s achievement, please contact Kipepeo Brown at 425.688.5603, kipepeo.brown@overlakehospital.org.

Media Contacts

For additional information or to arrange an interview, contact Kipepeo Brown, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, 425-688-5603, kipepeo.brown@overlakehospital.org, or Lee Keller, 206-799-3805, lee@thekellergroup.com.