From Illinois Business Journal news services
ALTON – For the fourth year, OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an “A” grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.
The gold standard rating for patient safety is compiled under the guidance of patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog.
“Our culture of safety here at OSF Saint Anthony’s looks at the overall system of care, along with the individuals who are focused on providing it,” says Ajay Pathak, president and CEO. “We have an incredible interdisciplinary team who provide a safe health-care environment that our patients and their families can trust.”
In addition to Leapfrog, OSF Saint Anthony’s has also been acknowledged by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading authority on health-care organizations, as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in the nation for delivering outstanding patient care.
Developed under Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade.