ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital received an "A" grade for its patient safety practices.

The hospital has a department with the goal to create a culture and systems that prevent human error. It covers everything from surgical and medication safety to physician staffing.

The award was given by the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that evaluates the patient safety practices of hospitals all over the country.

The organization has consistently given Sentara an "A" since 2020.

Frank Jargowsky, Sentara's director of quality and patient safety, said that in the past year, the hospital has improved its medication equipment and protocols to prevent mistakes.

"This is validation of all the work that we do, noting that an external expert has said yeah you're doing the right thing. And, that's nice, but in the end, just knowing that we're keeping our community safe while they're here is really the reward," he said.

Jargowsky said he hopes the rating will influence prospective patient decisions in choosing a hospital for their care.

For more information on the grading, click here.