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Victorville, December 17, 2020 – Desert Valley Hospital was awarded an ‘A’in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Desert Valley Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harms to patients in their care.

“This marks the fifth ‘A’ in a row for Desert Valley Hospital which surpasses Leapfrog Hospital Safety grades of other hospital’s in the region,” said Fred Hunter CEO of Desert Valley Hospital and Desert Valley Medical Group. “This ‘A’ represents the dedication, commitment, and selflessness our staff continues to provide to our patients during these challenging times.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and healthcare workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Desert Valley Hospital. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. healthcare system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

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 2,600 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.

Desert Valley Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see Desert Valley Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

  • As of Monday, December 14th Desert Valley Hospital has earned ACC Accreditation Services Chest Pain PCI Accreditation.
  • Desert Valley Hospital has also been recognized by California Health and Human Services Agency, along with Cal Hospital Compare, for high performance in Patient Safety. Desert Valley Hospital has achieved Patient Safety Honor Roll status. 77 hospitals in California have met performance standards in patient safety. Desert Valley Hospital is the only hospital in the region to achieve this recognition.
  • Desert Valley Hospital is honored to receive the American Heart Association Quality award for exemplary leadership in delivering evidence-based care to improve the quality of life for heart disease and stroke patients.
  • Desert Valley Hospital also received multiple awards from Healthgrades including Healthgrades America’s 100 Best Hospitals for Prostate Surgeries for 3 Years in a Row (2018, 2019, 2020), Five-Star Recipient for Defibrillator Procedures for 7 Years in a Row (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), FiveStar Recipient for Pacemaker Procedures for 7 Years in a Row (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Five-Star Recipient for Hip Fracture Treatment for 7 Years in a Row (2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pneumonia in 2020, FiveStar Recipient for Gallbladder Removal Surgery for 7 Years in a Row ( 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020), Five-Star Recipient for Treatment of Pulmonary Embolism in 2020.