The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve
health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, released
the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. St. Joseph Hospital was part
of the top 30 percent of hospitals awarded an ‘A’ for its
efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety
standards in the United States. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D
or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance
in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients
in their care.
“Our caregivers are dedicated to providing each of our patients with
the highest quality care in the safest environment,” said St. Joseph
Hospital Chief Executive Jeremy S. Zoch, PhD, MHA, FACHE. “This
recognition from The Leapfrog Group is a direct reflection of our commitment
to ensuring the safety of our patients in all interactions.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital
Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data
to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year.
It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients
from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and
injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
“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.”
To see St. Joseph Hospital’s full grade details, 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.