Myrtle Beach, SC - Grand Strand Medical Center received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This national distinction celebrates the hospital’s achievements in protecting hospital patients from preventable harm and errors. 

“The ‘A’ Leapfrog Safety Grade is a testament to how our colleagues always keep patient safety at the forefront of the care they provide every day,” said Dr. George Helmrich, Chief Medical Officer of Grand Strand Health. “Our community members and visitors can rest assured that they have a safe place to receive the care they need.” 

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring. 

“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.” 

To see Grand Strand Medical Center’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.