Providence earns “A” Grade for patient safety

Media Contact:

For more information and interview requests, contact:

  • Providence Health & Services
    JoAnn Hoven,
    Marketing & Communication Specialist
    Send an Email »

Missoula, Montana—Providence St. Patrick Hospital was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A” ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States according to Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Leapfrog Safety Grades assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. The rankings were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.

“At St. Patrick Hospital, we are strongly committed to patient safety and satisfaction,” said Joyce Dombrouski, Chief Operating Officer of Providence Western Montana. “Our “A” grade reflects the work that we have done to become a highly reliable organization. We have implemented electronic safeguards for physician ordering, ensured safe practices for appropriate antibiotic use, focused on infection prevention, and empowered our nurses at the bedside to make meaningful and safe decisions.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

To see St. Patrick Hospital’s full grade report, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

For more information about the award, please contact Pam Estill, Quality Assurance Manager, at 406-329-4189.

About Providence St. Patrick Hospital

Providence St. Patrick Hospital opened in 1873 under the sponsorship of the Sisters of Providence. The hospital offers a nationally acclaimed heart program, a full spectrum of woman’s and children’s services, neurology and neurosurgical services, cancer services, and neurobehavioral services, among others. The hospital operates the only Level II Trauma Center in the region, and has accredited chest pain and stroke programs. In 2013, Providence St. Patrick Hospital achieved Magnet® recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The hospital’s tertiary referral area includes the surrounding 17 counties. Over 50% of patients come from outside Missoula County. St. Patrick Hospital is the oldest operating hospital in the Providence St. Joseph Health non-profit system and the largest medical center in Western Montana, with 253 licensed beds. In 2015, Providence provided more than $951 million in community benefit.

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 forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital 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.