(BREESE, IL) – HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes St. Joseph’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.
 
 “Our Core Values of Respect, Care, Competence, and Joy, are kept in the forefront of all that we do to ensure all aspects of our patients’ experience with us is of the highest quality, said St. Joseph’s President and CEO Chris Klay. “Our commitment to deliver top tier quality patient care is recognized through our Leapfrog “A” ranking. We are very blessed and thankful for everyone who has helped us maintain our Straight “A” safety status through the years. All of us at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese are committed to continuing our tradition of excellence.” 
 
 
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” 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.
 
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese was one of 855 across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see St. Joseph’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
 
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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