Gainesville, FL - The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC) received an A.

"We are proud to announce our back-to-back "A" patient safety score from Leapfrog today, especially during these challenging times," said Eric Lawson, Chief Executive Officer of NFRMC. "Our employees and physicians take great pride in the quality of care we provide, and we want our community to feel confident that NFRMC is a safe place of care that will always put them first. Above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life."

"Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Every hospital can earn an 'A' grade, and we're proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect patients from harm."

Developed under the guidance of an 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 approximately 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.

To see NFRMC's full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.