Madera Community Hospital Receives an "A" for Patient Safety

Madera, CA October 31, 2017 The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harm. Madera Community Hospital was one of 832 awarded an "A", in the US, for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards.

"The Leapfrog "A" grade is evidence of the nationally ranked safety and quality healthcare our patients deserve and receive when choosing Madera Community Hospital," Evan J. Rayner, Chief Executive Officer, Madera Community Hospital. "While this is the first "A" in our health system history, it is a significant milestone and demonstrates our multi-disciplinary team's relentless focus on safe patient centered care and nationally ranked outcomes," added Rayner.

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 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. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

"My colleagues and I take great pride in the exemplary patient safety outcomes recognized by The Leapfrog Group," Mohammad Arain, MD, Chief of Staff, Madera Community Hospital. "We strive for continual process improvement resulting in safe, efficient patient care," added Dr. Arain.

"It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An 'A' Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment," said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Madera Community Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first."

"Recognition from The Leapfrog Group verifies a universal commitment to patient safety from our Medical Staff, Employees and the Board," said Stell Manfredi, Chair, Madera Community Hospital Board of Trustees. "Patient safety is a primary component in delivering on our commitment to provide quality hospital based healthcare in Madera," Manfredi added.

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 Madera Community Hospital

The only hospital located on State Highway 99, our 106 bed General Acute Care hospital was founded in 1971 by a group of citizens committed to providing quality emergency and hospital services to Madera County residents. Today Madera Community Hospital is the County's premier health system providing integrated care through access to primary medical service with Rural Health Clinics in Chowchilla and Madera including 22 medical specialties.

Madera Community Hospital is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program and recognized as Top 10% in the Nation for Labor and Delivery Care by Healthgrades as well as a recipient of the Blue Cross Center of Distinction for Labor and Delivery Care. For more information about Madera Community Hospital visit