Gainesville, Fla. – North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC), an affiliate of HCA Healthcare North Florida Division, received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021. This national distinction NFRMC’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

“We are honored to receive the top award and rank from one of the most prominent patient safety organizations in the healthcare industry, five times in a row,” said C. Eric Lawson, chief executive officer of NFRMC. “The patient is at the center of our care here at NFRMC, and this “A” rating demonstrates that. We are proud to be the trusted place of safe and quality care for the North Central Florida community.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of NFRMC for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

To see NFRMC’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.