Myrtle Beach, SC - Grand Strand Medical Center was awarded an 'A' from The Leapfrog Group's Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes the hospital's efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, accidents and injuries among patients in their care.

"Patient safety is a top priority for our hospital as we treat a high-level of critically ill and trauma patients from our area and surrounding communities," states Dr. Andrew Schwartz, Chief Medical Officer with Grand Strand Health. "We continuously work with our staff and physicians by educating them on quality care and patient safety along with training programs."

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice a year. The Hospital Safety Grade's methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are available to the public.

There were 855 hospitals across the U.S. awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit