Bayhealth Sussex only hospital in state to earn top safety grade

May 23, 2022

Bayhealth Hospital Sussex Campus received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022.

This national distinction recognizes Bayhealth’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. Bayhealth Hospital Sussex Campus is the only hospital in Delaware to earn this honor.

“We are incredibly proud of our Bayhealth caregivers and staff for this achievement. This national recognition for safe, quality care belongs to them. It’s a demonstration of their commitment, courage, and compassion for our community,” said Terry M. Murphy, FACHE, Bayhealth president and CEO.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns grades A to F to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, each fall and spring.

“As our healthcare system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Bayhealth Hospital Sussex Campus for sustained commitment to patient safety day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ safety grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire healthcare workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”

To see the full grade details for Bayhealth Hospital Sussex Campus and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, go to

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