Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare adult hospitals rated safest

Photo: Methodist Olive Branch Hospital received a 5-star rating, the highest possible score, and is one of just two Mississippi hospitals to earn five stars. (Bob Bakken/

The five adult hospitals of Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare, including Methodist Olive Branch, have been given an “A” grade in hospital safety by the Leapfrog Group, a national organization committed to the highest quality of patient safety standards in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers. 

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is the only hospital system to receive A ratings this period. Results of local hospitals can be viewed here.

“We take seriously our mission to deliver high-quality, innovative and compassionate care every day,” said Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare President and CEO Dr. Michael Ugwueke. “Leapfrog’s Spring grades reflect the outstanding and safe care we provided to patients during the last three year rating period, which includes the many peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic. Healthcare systems were truly tested during that time in ways previously unimagined.”

Ugwueke went on to add, “Earning all A’s is a true reflection of our culture of collaboration, focus on continuous learning and unwavering commitment to providing the highest quality patient care.”

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare voluntarily submits Leapfrog safety surveys to monitor and track against national healthcare industry standards and benchmarks.

The Memphis-based organization is the first healthcare system in Tennessee to earn full ISO 9001 Quality Management System certification, the gold standard in demonstrating best practices for delivering consistent patient care.

The healthcare network retains a strong performance on national Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) measures. Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s 2022 CMS Star ratings are best in the area for overall hospital quality.

Methodist Olive Branch Hospital received a 5-star rating, the highest possible score, and is one of just two Mississippi hospitals to earn five stars, an accolade only 14 percent of hospitals in the U.S. receive.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on preventing medical errors. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring. Leapfrog does not provide report cards for children’s hospitals.To view Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare’s full grade details and to access hospital safety tips, visit

Bob Bakken

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