The Leapfrog Group, a national not-for-profit organization that advocates for safer health care, has released its latest national hospital safety scores.
St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison and St. Mary’s Janesville Hospital are among 798 hospitals nationwide to receive an ‘A’, ranking among the safest in the United States.
“Patient safety has always been a top priority for our organization," says Damond Boatwright, Regional President of Hospital Operations for SSM Health, which owns St. Mary’s and St. Mary’s Janesville. “The ‘A’ grade given to us by Leapfrog shows that our efforts to provide a safe and exceptional experience are working, and we are committed to continuing to look for new and innovative ways to improve the safety and quality of care we provide.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C. diff and MRSA.
“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Please visit the Hospital Safety Score site for more information.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.