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Hospitals earn “A” grade for patient safety

Southern Illinois,
USA
10/31/2016

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia both receive highest scores from Leapfrog

New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital are one the list of 844 hospitals to receive an "A", ranking them among the safest hospitals in the United States.

"Keeping our patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents and infections is very important to us, actually, it is our number one priority," said John Sigsbury, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital President. "We are dedicated and continually work to maintain and improve the safety of our patients, staff and volunteers."

"To be honored as one of the top hospitals for patient safety makes us very proud of our employees and what they do on a daily basis to provide compassionate, safe, quality medical care," said Mike Warren, SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital president. "This award recognizes our mission to continue the healing ministry of Jesus Christ."

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

"Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We recognize and appreciate 'A' hospitals' vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe."

To see SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital's full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.