(BREESE, IL) – HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes HSHS St. Joseph’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer 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.
“When it comes to our patients, our colleagues and medical staff members continually demonstrate their dedication in living out the Mission we proudly carry on from our Sisters –To reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry,” said St. Joseph’s President and CEO Chris Klay. “This commitment to deliver high value patient care is recognized through our Leapfrog ‘A’ ranking. We are very honored and blessed with the opportunity to provide top tier care to our community, and we remain committed to continuing our tradition of excellence.” 
“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.
HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese was awarded an ‘A’ grade when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. The hospital had also received the ‘A’ grade for the fall 2018 safety grades. To see St. Joseph’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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