(O’FALLON, IL) – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes St. Elizabeth’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safe health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. 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, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital continues our commitment to providing quality patient care. We are always proactively working on numerous initiatives to continue to elevate our quality and patient safety processes,” said St. Elizabeth’s Hospital President and CEO Patti Fischer. “It is evident, since receiving this top ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group, that the efforts of all our colleagues, physicians and health care partners are making a positive impact in the safety of our patients.”
Fischer also noted, “Safety is a hospital-wide collaboration and every single colleague has an impact on the safety of our patients and the experience they receive at the hospital. I am extremely proud of our team’s efforts and service.”
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.” 
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
St. Elizabeth’s Quality Improvement and hospital departments meet regularly to review data and processes, measure progress and discuss ideas and initiatives for furthering the goal of zero harm and enhancing patient safety. 
“The positive work we have done with quality and safety shows not only in our infection rates but also in our scores for patient experience, provider order entry compliance, safe medication administration practices, and overall colleague involvement at all levels to develop a culture of safety,” added Executive Director of Quality, Risk, and Safety Carrie Erlinger, BSN, MBA.
St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. The hospital had also received the ‘A’ grade for Fall 2018. To see St. Elizabeth’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
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. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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. 

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