BENNINGTON, Vt. — Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, which is part of Southwestern Vermont Health Care, recently earned an `A' for hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group. The national distinction recognizes SVMC's achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care. The organization is committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an `A', `B', `C', `D' or `F' grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice each year.
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