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Two Bon Secours Richmond Hospitals Earn National Award for Quality

Recognition showcases Bon Secours’ commitment to patient safety and quality - Bon Secours St. Francis Medical Center and Bon Secours St. Mary's Hospital have been selected as a Top General Hospital for 2017 by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. This is the fourth recognition as a Top Hospital St. Mary’s Hospital and the first recognition for St. Francis Medical Center.

This year, more than 1,800 hospitals reported safety and quality information to The Leapfrog Group. Only four hospitals in Virginia received the Top General Hospital recognition for 2017. This award showcases Bon Secours hospitals’ commitments to patient safety and quality.

St. Francis Medical Center and St. Mary's Hospital were one of 109 Top Hospitals recognized from 27 different states, recognized nationally alongside:

•          10 Top Children’s Hospitals

•          45 Top General Hospitals

•          18 Top Rural Hospitals

•          36 Top Teaching Hospitals

“St. Francis Medical Center strives to provide the safest care possible for our patients. Being acknowledged as a Top General Hospital is an incredible feat and shines light on our team member’s dedication to patient safety and quality,” said Chris Accashian, CEO, St. Francis Medical Center. “Less than six percent of eligible hospitals earn this award, and to be nationally recognized for the first time is an honor to everyone who works here.” The130-bed hospital opened in 2005 and is located in Midlothian, Va.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

"Our focus is always on doing what's best for the patient, which makes St. Mary’s a safe place to receive care. Providing a high level of care to our patients in Richmond requires motivation, drive and compassion from every person on our clinical care teams,” said Francine Barr, CEO, St. Mary’s Hospital..” I congratulate our providers, leaders and staff whose efforts made this honor possible for the past three years in a row." The hospital recently celebrated its 50th anniversary and has nearly 400 beds and is located in Richmond’s West End.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2017 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, visit

Earlier in 2017, both hospitals were recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Grade, a standard measure of patient safety, by The Leapfrog Group. These facilities were among only 32 percent of hospitals nationwide to receive the “A” grade.


About Bon Secours Richmond Health System

Bon Secours Richmond is part of Bon Secours Virginia, which provides compassionate medical care to thousands of Virginians through a network of hospitals, primary and specialty care practices, ambulatory care sites and continuing care facilities across the Commonwealth. The fourth largest and only faith-based health system in Virginia, Bon Secours Richmond is a Catholic health ministry that partners with the community to create a more humane world, build health and social justice and serve those who are vulnerable. Bon Secours Richmond provides nearly $130 million in community care through Medicare, Medicaid, charity care and other community benefits. As one of Richmond’s largest employers, the not-for-profit health system employs more than 9,000 people, including nearly 420 providers as part of the Bon Secours Medical Group. Bon Secours Richmond includes St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional Medical Center, Richmond Community Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, Rappahannock General Hospital and Westchester Emergency Center. The Bon Secours Virginia Health Care Foundation raises charitable funds to help Bon Secours Virginia Health System address the community’s growing health care needs with compassion and excellence.