Sevierville — LeConte Medical Center, a member of Covenant Health, is once again at the top of the class in safety and quality.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit health care ratings organization, has recognized LeConte Medical Center for high standards in patient care, awarding the hospital an ‘A’ grade in Leapfrog’s spring 2021 safety scores. LeConte Medical Center also received an ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog in spring 2020 and fall 2020.

“We are honored to receive an ‘A’ from the Leapfrog Group for the third consecutive time,” said Gaye Jolly, chief administrative officer of LeConte Medical Center.

“To me, this award validates something I see every day. I witness firsthand how hard our staff works to ensure that the patient always comes first. For an outside source to recognize our determination and dedication toward patient care means a lot.”

Jolly continued, “A majority of our employees are local, and I think it is so important for the community to realize that when we provide care, we view each patient as a friend, neighbor, family member and community member. We truly strive to treat them as if they’re our family members.”

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The ratings are developed under the guidance of a national expert panel using 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. Letter grades are assigned to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice each year. Scores are peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

In addition to the latest ‘A’ safety grade, LeConte Medical Center has been nationally recognized as one of Newsweek’s “Best Maternity Hospitals 2020,” an honor that is awarded by the magazine in partnership with Leapfrog. LeConte is one of only four hospitals in Tennessee to receive this distinction.

“I believe these top marks send a message of confidence to the community that excellent care can be provided for every moment right here in Sevier County, and that our community members can count on LeConte Medical Center,” Jolly said.

In recent years, LeConte Medical Center has been named an Advanced Primary Stroke Center by The Joint Commission, named among “100 Great Community Hospitals” in the U.S. by Becker’s Hospital Review and recently named as one of just 18 hospitals in the state (along with three other Covenant Health facilities) as a 2019 ‘BEST for Babies’ hospital for efforts to improve the health of Tennessee’s newborns.

LeConte Medical Center is a full-service, not-for-profit hospital delivering modern medicine and compassionate care to the growing Sevier County area.