GRMC Nationally Recognized for Multiple Safety Achievements


Guadalupe Regional Medical Center received both the 2020 Women’s Choice Award as one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Safety, as well as an ‘A’ in the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. Both national distinctions recognize GRMC’s achievements in providing safer health care, and safe surgery practices and lower rates for complications and infections.

The Women’s Choice Award signifies that GRMC is in the top 8% of 4,814 U.S. hospitals for patient safety; specifically GRMC falls into the top 4% of U.S. hospitals for patient safety. “This national recognition from the Women’s Choice Award signifies that GRMC is one of 379 award recipients representing the hospitals that have met the highest standards for patient safety in the U.S. by the Women’s Choice Award”, said Robert Haynes, CEO for Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. “This award confirms our testament to the high standard of care provided to patients every day by the staff at GRMC and to our dedication in providing high-quality, safe care to every life we are privileged to touch.”

To receive the award, hospitals must also use an Inpatient Safe Surgery Checklist to assess effective communication and safe practices during three perioperative periods: prior to administration of anesthesia; prior to skin incision; and prior to the patient leaving the operating room or procedural area. “Very few hospitals can say they are the safest in the country, and by identifying those who are, the Women’s Choice Award is helping the female consumer identify the hospitals in her area that are dedicated to creating the safest patient experience,” said Delia Passi, Founder and CEO of the Women’s Choice Award. “This recognition is critical for women as they make 80% of healthcare decisions and need to know they are putting themselves—and their family members—in safe hands.”

Guadalupe Regional Medical Center was also awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2020. To see GRMC’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit “During a time of much uncertainty and the need for additional safety precautions, this national recognition from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade confirms our dedication in providing the best possible and safest care to each patient”, said Rhonda Unruh, VP of Quality for Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. “This recognition exemplifies the commitment of our entire organization to ensure every possible safety measure is in place to treat our patients.”

“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for Guadalupe Regional Medical Center. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”