The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for Fall 2017 were released today, and Ottawa’s OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center topped the list among area hospitals.
The recipient of a fifth-straight “A” grade, OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center was the only facility within the I-80 corridor to achieve the highest ranking from The Leapfrog Group both in the Spring and Fall. Each year, the national nonprofit organization rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections.
“The Safety Grade has become the gold standard measure of patient safety,” said OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center President, Ken Beutke. “Our Mission Partners continue to focus on improving safety measures, including the prevention of errors or accidents, which allows us to raise our own standard of care and offer the best possible outcomes.”
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice a year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and Mission Partners of OSF HealthCare Saint Elizabeth Medical Center for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a public service provided by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. A full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades is available online at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.