HSHS St. Elizabeth's Hospital nationally recognized with an 'A' for the Spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing St. Elizabeth’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
“Patients need to know they can put their trust in their health care facility” said St. Elizabeth’s President and CEO Patti Fischer. “With this ‘A’, our community members can know that we always put our patients first and provide high quality, safe care to the region. Our colleagues deserve all the credit for once again achieving this national recognition, even during an unprecedented time.”
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 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 was awarded an ‘A’ grade on April 29 when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. This makes the sixth reporting cohort in a row that St. Elizabeth’s received this top grade. Other HSHS facilities receiving the ‘A’ rating include HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital in Effingham, HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital in Decatur. To see St. Elizabeth’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.