HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital has been awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
The designation recognizes St. Elizabeth’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safe health care.
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital continues our commitment to providing quality patient care. We are always proactively working on numerous initiatives to continue to elevate our quality and patient safety processes,” said St. Elizabeth’s Hospital President and CEO Patti Fischer. “It is evident, since receiving this top ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group, that the efforts of all our colleagues, physicians and health care partners are making a positive impact in the safety of our patients.”
Fischer also noted, “Safety is a hospital-wide collaboration and every single colleague has an impact on the safety of our patients and the experience they receive at the hospital. I am extremely proud of our team’s efforts and service.”
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital in Breese also received an A rating, making the two hospitals the only two on the Illinois side of the Bi-State area to do so.