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  DeKalb Regional Medical Center Earns An ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group 
New Grade for spring 2024 is a national recognition for patient safety  

Fort Payne, Alabama, May 1, 2024 – DeKalb Regional Medical Center earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog. Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 measures of errors, accidents, injuries and infections as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent them.  

“I could not be prouder of our dedicated physicians, nurses, and staff who continue to focus on improving the patient experience every day,” said Darrell Blaylock, President of DeKalb Regional Medical Center. “Our care teams have worked diligently to prevent medical errors, accidents, and infections, and we are honored to be recognized, again, by Leapfrog for these efforts.”

“Everyone who works at DeKalb Regional 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 DeKalb Regional, its leadership, clinicians, staff, and volunteers for caring so deeply for its patients and their safety.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program focused exclusively on preventable medical errors, infections and injuries that kill more than 500 patients a day nationally. 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. 

To see DeKalb Regional’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.  

DeKalb Regional Medical center is a 134-bed not-for-profit, community hospital and is the major provider of healthcare services for residents of DeKalb County and adjacent communities in western Georgia. DeKalb Regional joined the Huntsville Hospital Health System in April 2024. The hospital offers comprehensive medical services, including cardiac catheterization, orthopedic surgery, 24/7 emergency care, maternity care, women and children’s services, weight loss surgery, geriatric psychiatric care, sleep medicine, and cardiopulmonary rehabilitation. DeKalb Regional is committed to providing quality care close to home.

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 for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Surveycollect 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. For more, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram and sign up for our newsletter