UM Shore Medical Center at Easton earns an ‘A’ for hospital safety

EASTON — For the seventh consecutive reporting period, University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Easton, a member organization of the University of Maryland Medical System, has received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group.

“This accomplishment is one that our entire UM Shore Regional Health family should be proud of,” Ken Kozel, president and chief executive officer of UM Shore Regional Health, said in a prepared statement about the fall 2023 report.

He added: “I am grateful for the dedication of our highly skilled team members and medical staff providers, as achieving the Leapfrog Hospital Safety ‘A’ Grade is the result of their commitment to patient care and safety.

“Earning this distinction for the seventh consecutive time means that Shore’s progress toward becoming a High Reliability Organization is a priority for each and every team member.”

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade is a national distinction recognizing a hospital’s achievements in providing safer health care by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors.

According to a news release, fewer than one-third of hospitals nationwide earn the “A” grade and even fewer achieve that milestone in consecutive grading periods.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients.

The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public, according to the news release.

Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

To see the full grade details for UM Shore Medical Center at Easton, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on X and Facebook.


University of Maryland Shore Regional Health is the principal provider of comprehensive health care services for more than 170,000 residents of five counties on Maryland’s Eastern Shore: Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne’s and Talbot.

UM SRH consists of about 2,000 team members, including more than 400 health care providers on the medical staff.

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