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'A' Grade In Patient Safety From Leapfrog

​SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital both earn ‘A’ grade for patient safety in April 2016 Hospital Safety Score


200-leapfrog-logo.pngMt. Vernon, IL (May 24, 2016) – Both SSM Health Good Samaritan and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospitals​ received an A by The Leapfrog Group, ranking them among the safest hospitals in the United States. The 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scores​, assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the a complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system.

“Patient and family centered care is the center of everything that we do,” said John Sigsbury, SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital president. “We strive to meet the health care needs of our community and deliver exceptional care.”

“To be honored as one of the top hospitals for patient safety makes us very proud of our entire hospital’s hard work,” said Mike Warren, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital president. “This award recognizes our mission to deliver exceptional care.”

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. 

To see SSM Health Good Samaritan or SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospitals’ full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices. 

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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.