O’FALLON, IL – HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes St. Elizabeth’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The Leapfrog Group is a national 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, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“HSHS St. Elizabeth’s is strongly committed to providing quality patient care and we are always proactively working on numerous initiatives to continue to elevate our quality and patient safety processes. It is evident, since receiving this top A rating from The Leapfrog Group, that the efforts of all of our colleagues, physicians and health care partners are making a positive impact in the safety of our patients,” said St. Elizabeth’s president and CEO Patti Fischer. “I am extremely proud of our team’s efforts and service.”
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital that focus on advancing patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”
 
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. 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 Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see St. Elizabeth’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.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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