(Arlington Heights, Ill) – Eight AMITA Health hospitals have earned top safety grades from The Leapfrog Group for their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, infections and other patient harm.
By earning “A” grades in the Spring 2018 edition of Leapfrog’s biannual Safety Grade study, the hospitals rank among the safest in the nation. The hospitals include:
The hospitals were among 750 hospitals nationwide and 37 in Illinois to earn the top score for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the nation. AMITA Health St. Alexius is among 49 hospitals nationwide that have earned “A”s in every grading update since the study began in the spring of 2012. In addition, Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center has achieved an “A” rating for the past 10 consecutive reporting periods.
“Patient safety is AMITA Health’s top priority,” said Mark A. Frey, AMITA Health president and chief executive officer. “These latest Safety Grades from Leapfrog reflect the strong commitment of our physicians, nurses, administrators and associates to ensuring the safety of our patients while providing the highest-quality care and limiting healthcare costs.”
Added Leah Binder, Leapfrog president and chief executive officer, “This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries. Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”
A nonprofit organization committed to improving healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, Leapfrog assigns Safety Grades to hospitals across the nation twice annually to give people an easy-to-use tool for finding the safest care in their communities and to foster strong market incentives for hospitals to make safety a priority. Leapfrog updates its safety study in the spring and fall.
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the study uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to about 2,500 U.S. hospitals. The study is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To find more information about the safety performance of individual AMITA Health hospitals, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org, and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.
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 healthcare. 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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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 AMITA Health
AMITA Health (www.AMITAhealth.org) is a joint operating company formed by the Adventist Health System in Altamonte Springs, Fla., and St. Louis-based Ascension. With the addition of Presence Health, AMITA Health is now the largest health system in Illinois, comprising 19 hospitals and more than 230 sites of care. The newly combined health system has 900 providers in its medical groups, more than 26,000 associates and 7,000 physician partners, and now serves over 4.3 million residents in the greater Chicagoland area.