The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital – Mt. Vernon and SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital – Centralia again receive an "A" for their commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.
"Quality and patient safety are not just things we think about in our spare time – they are both cornerstones in the minute by minute, hour by hour, and day by day care of our patients," said John Sigsbury, President of SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital which has received the "A" score for three years in a row. "I am thrilled for our hospital staff to be recognized once again for safety and for achieving the highest rating with Leapfrog. We will always safeguard the wellbeing of our patients."
"Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an 'A' Safety Grade."
"Getting straight A's from Leap Frog for the third year in a row is a testament to our culture," states Michael Warren, President – SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital. "We have a very dedicated team. Our Medical Staff provides strong leadership to advance patient safety. Our employees are continuously refining our processes for improvement. This recognition is a testament to the care we provide on a daily basis."
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.
To access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.