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Great Plains Health honored again with ‘A’ rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

For the third consecutive year, Great Plains Health has received an ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The accolade recognizes GPHealth’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

“We are thrilled with this recognition because it highlights how much Great Plains Health cares about our patients and their health,” said Barb Petersen, chief quality officer. “We make patient safety our top priority and this ‘A’ rating is a reflection of our unwavering commitment to excellence.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns a letter grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group, says. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Great Plains Health for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

Mel McNea, chief executive officer of Great Plains Health, says this recognition demonstrates teamwork and dedication.

“Great Plains Health is comprised of an amazing group of people. Together, we work to provide safe, outstanding care to our community each and every day,” McNea says. “I am grateful for each and every member of our team who made this ‘A’ rating from the 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade possible. It is indicative of just how hard our employees work daily toward our mission.”


About Great Plains Health

Based in North Platte, Nebraska, Great Plains Health is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute-care regional medical center serving western and central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota. With 90 physicians representing nearly 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced health care, including heart and vascular, cancer, and orthopedic surgery services. Great Plains Health is a Level III trauma center, and all of its emergency department physicians are residency-trained and board-certified in emergency medicine. The system employs approximately 1,093 employees and serves a geographic area spanning approximately 16,000 square miles.

The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is home to an American College of Surgeons-accredited cancer center and Level II bariatric surgery program. For more information, visit

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, 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 the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.