Trident Health System October 28, 2015

Charleston, S.C./Oct. 28, 2015– Trident and Summerville Medical Centers have each earned an ‘A’ grade for patient safety in the fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score report released nationally by The Leapfrog Group today. The Hospital Safety Score assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections and helps to track U.S. hospitals’ consistency in preventing harm.

“I congratulate and commend our staff and physicians for their continued work to make our hospitals safe for patients during their most vulnerable moments,” said Trident Health CEO Todd Gallati. “Earning an A under Leapfrog’s rigorous standards of performance gives us external validation that we are doing the right things for our patients and for our community.”

This report marks Trident Medical Center’s fourth consecutive ‘A’ grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group since spring 2014. In addition, Summerville Medical Center improved its score by one letter grade, up from a ‘B,’ in the spring 2015 report.

“Summerville Medical Center continues to put itself on the map with outstanding performance in quality and patient safety,” said Lisa Valentine, Summerville Medical Center CEO. “The Leapfrog ‘A’ score tells our community that Summerville Medical Center ranks among the top hospitals nationally for quality and safety.”

Trident Health is part of HCA’s South Atlantic Division. In the fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scores report, all 10 acute care hospitals in the Division earned an ‘A’ grade in patient safety.

The Hospital Safety Score is a public service provided by The Leapfrog Group, a non-profit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health system. The Hospital Safety Score includes 28 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs. The methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety. Designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay, data is released twice each year. Hospital Safety Scores are publicly available by visiting www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.