MANKATO, Minn. — All six eligible Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals scored the highest safety marks from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization that collects and analyzes data to help patients choose their preferred health care destinations.


These hospitals meet the requirements for eligibility in The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score and earned “A” grades — the best possible — for patient safety:


· Albert Lea and Austin, Minnesota.

· Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

· Fairmont, Minnesota.

· La Crosse, Wisconsin.

· Mankato, Minnesota.

· Red Wing, Minnesota.

“We are incredibly proud that each of our eligible hospitals received an ‘A’ grade for the safety and quality of care provided to our patients,” says James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president, Southwest Minnesota Region, Mayo Clinic Health System. “The quality ranking is a reflection of the dedication and expertise of our staff who provide Mayo Clinic care close to home every day.”