Chicago, Ill. – When it comes to patient safety, six Presence Health hospitals are at the top of the class, all earning an “A” on the fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score. The elite national ratings program, administered by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, grades hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
The six Presence Health hospitals that earned an “A” grade are:
The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information to use for protecting themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“We are proud of the dedication and collaboration among our talented clinicians and associates to keep a laser focus on patient safety. The Leapfrog Group is well-respected within the health care industry and the “A” score is recognition of the high quality care we deliver to our patients every day,” said Michael Englehart, President and CEO, Presence Health.
Developed under the guidance of 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 October 2015, with only 773 hospitals receiving an A grade.
“The ‘A’ grade is a powerful reminder of a hospital’s commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of Presence Health clinicians and staff to protect patients,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge all ‘A’ hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.”
To see the full scores, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
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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.
About Presence Health
Presence Health is the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois. With more than 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has more than 20,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of $2.6 billion.