Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital both received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2022 from the Leapfrog Group. The national distinction recognizes the two hospitals for achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and errors.

“This Leapfrog award marks the third consecutive time that Cottage hospitals in Santa Barbara and Goleta Valley have earned the ‘A’ Safety Grade,” said Dr. Babji Mesipam, chief medical quality officer for Cottage Health. “We received the honors in fall 2021, spring 2022 and now fall 2022.

“This is a tremendous accomplishment made possible by the commitment of everyone in our organization to keep our patients safe,” said Dr. Mesipam.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients.

The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.
To see the full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

In addition to the Leapfrog awards for Cottage hospitals in the South County, Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital in Solvang recently earned a 4 star-rating from, which rates how well a hospital performs on quality measures compared to other hospitals in the nation (

“Many small hospitals may not report data on all measures and aren’t eligible for an overall hospital rating on,” said Dr. Mesipam. “For Santa Ynez Valley Cottage Hospital, an 11-bed critical access hospital, earning a 4-star rating is a great achievement.”