When it comes to patient safety, Presence Mercy Medical Center (PMMC) in Aurora is at the top of the class 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 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 team members to keep a laser focus on patient safety. The Leapfrog Group is well-respected within the healthcare industry and this “A” score reinforces the high quality care we deliver to our patients every day,” said Michael L. Brown, Regional President and CEO, Presence Mercy Medical Center.
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.
“Presence Mercy Medical Center’s ‘A’ grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of their 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 Presence Mercy Medical Center and all other ‘A’ hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.”
To see Presence Mercy Medical Center’s full score, 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 Mercy Medical Center
With family-friendly, patient-centered features like new private rooms and a state-of-the-art outpatient surgery center, Presence Mercy Medical Center is positively impacting the health of Fox River Valley communities. Offering 293 licensed beds and more than 450 physicians, Presence Mercy provides advanced services in cardiology, cancer care, behavioral health, GI, diabetes care, orthopedics, and maternal/child health.
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 $2.5 billion.