East Liverpool, Ohio, April 24, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. East Liverpool Health System was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. 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, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“Patient Safety is the most important aspect of every employee’s job. To be recognized with an A for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group is an outstanding accomplishment – one that we take great pride in and we will strive each day to continue to improve. Thank you to all our employees, providers and volunteers for your commitment to caring for our patients,” said Keith Richardson, President and CEO of East Liverpool Health System.

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see East Liverpool Health System’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, 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.

About East Liverpool Health System, a Prime Healthcare facility and its affiliates:

East Liverpool Health System is a 152 bed acute care hospital; River Valley Physicians, LLC d.b.a. River Valley Physicians, comprised of 6 primary care and specialty offices; and Ohio Valley Home Health d.b.a. Ohio Valley Home Health Services, Inc. ELCH and its affiliates serve a population of more than 115,000 from throughout the tri-state area of Ohio, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. East Liverpool Health System (ELCH) was recently recognized by Watson Health as a 100 Top Hospital and an Everest Award Winner for 2018, awarded ACC Accreditation as a Chest Pain Center in 2017, and recognized as a Five-Star Recipient by Healthgrades for treatment of sepsis, heart failure, respiratory failure, and pneumonia. For more information please visit us at