Allina Health – Buffalo Hospital earns spring 2024 “A” Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group

MINNEAPOLIS (May 15, 2024) — Buffalo Hospital earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This organization assigns a grade to hospitals across the country based on the hospital’s efforts to prevent errors, accidents, injuries and infections. “A” is the top grade.

"This recognition is a testament to our incredible caregivers who work tirelessly to provide exceptional care to each patient, every day.  Our team never settles for good enough, we are always looking for ways to be better.  Each department huddles together every morning to talk about safety.  This “A” grade is a wonderful recognition of the culture of safety we strive to create.” said Josh Shepherd, President, Buffalo Hospital. “We are proud to be one of only 10 hospitals in Minnesota to earn an “A” grade.” 

It’s important to note that the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program focused exclusively on preventable medical errors, infections and injuries. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring. 

“Everyone who works at Buffalo Hospital should be proud of this ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes complete dedication of at every level, and an ironclad commitment to putting patients first. I thank Buffalo Hospital, its leadership, clinicians, staff, and volunteers for caring so deeply for its patients and their safety.” 

To see Buffalo Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram and via The Leapfrog Group newsletter.  

The following Allina Health hospitals received “A” grades:  

Abbott Northwestern Hospital 

Buffalo Hospital  

Cambridge Medical Center 

Owatonna Hospital

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