Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center Earns Top Safety Grade

Hospital is Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

KNOXVILLE, TENN. – Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This national distinction celebrates Fort Sanders Regional’s achievements in patient safety.

“It is an honor to receive LeapFrog’s ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade – it reflects the hard work our physicians and staff put in every day to safeguard our patients,” said Keith Altshuler, president and chief administrative officer. “This designation is the latest nod to Fort Sanders Regional’s legacy of more than 100 years of safe, compassionate care for all our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns 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. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

To see Fort Sanders Regional’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

About Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, a member of Knoxville-based Covenant Health, is a 541-bed regional referral center for neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedics, oncology, cardiology, obstetrics and rehabilitation medicine. For more information, visit

About The Leapfrog Group

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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns letter grades to hospitals based on patient safety records, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.




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