(BREESE, IL – October 31, 2017) – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, announced updated Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and awarded HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese an elite designation of “Straight As” for its ongoing achievements in patient safety.  St. Joseph’s Breese is one of only 59 hospitals in the United States to be awarded an “A” consistently since 2012. 
“St. Joseph’s ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group validates our continuous commitment to top tier patient safety,” said St. Joseph’s President and CEO Chris Klay. “St. Joseph’s Hospital’s medical staff members, colleagues, and volunteers work diligently to apply our Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence, and Joy, ensuring that all aspects of our patients’ experience with us is of the highest quality. Thank you to everyone who has helped us maintain our Straight A safety status through the years, and to those partners committed to helping us continue our tradition of excellence.” 
“We applaud all hospitals that earn an A for safety, a significant achievement. HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese takes that achievement one step further by earning an A year after year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 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 see St. Joseph’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade 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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