DOVER -- Union Hospital is being recognized with an "A" Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A, B, C, D or F scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

"Hospital safety can be a matter of life and death for our patients," according to Bruce James, Union Hospital CEO. "The Leapfrog Group is the latest national ratings organization to recognize Union Hospital for safeguarding patients from preventable accidents and complications such as infections, injuries, and medical or medication errors."

James said Union Hospital earned national recognition last year, ranked among the nation's top 5 percent of all hospitals with the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award. Union was also cited by Consumer Reports Magazine for its patient safety achievements.

"Earning an 'A' on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "I'd like to congratulate Union Hospital for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients."

To see Union Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score web site at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization including large purchasers of health care to push improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans.