Abbott Northwestern Hospital earns “A” for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Safety Grade

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (April 29, 2021) — Allina Health’s Abbott Northwestern Hospital recently earned an “A” grade for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Abbott Northwestern Hospital is one of only six Minnesota hospitals to receive an “A” grade. 

“It is an honor to be recognized with an “A” grade for our long-standing dedication to patient safety,” said Ann Madden Rice, senior vice president, Allina Health Operations and president, Abbott Northwestern Hospital. “It takes unwavering dedication to patient safety from every employee, every day to receive the highest grade. We are extremely proud of this recognition and will remain steadfast in our commitment to providing the highest standards of safety while delivering expert, compassionate, Whole Person Care.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. 

You can learn more about the Leapfrog Group’s grading system and Abbott Northwestern Hospital’s “A” grade via the Leapfrog Group’s website. 

About Abbott Northwestern Hospital

Abbott Northwestern Hospital has been a health care provider and innovator in Minneapolis for more than 130 years. Part of Allina Health, Abbott Northwestern has retained its first place ranking for the best hospital in the Twin Cities and second in the State of Minnesota for eight consecutive years in the U.S. News & World Report's 2020-21 best hospital rankings. In addition, Abbott Northwestern has received nursing magnet certification, a recognition earned by only five percent of hospitals nationwide.

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