April 12, 2017 – The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s leading nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety, today announced new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese once again earned an “A.” St. Joseph’s Breese has achieved straight A’s since the inception of the Safety Grade in 2012, and is one of only 63 hospitals nationwide to attain this honor.
“St. Joseph’s ‘A’ rating from The Leapfrog Group is validation for our ongoing commitment to patient safety. St. Joseph’s works very hard to ensure that all aspects of our care are as safe as possible,” said St. Joseph’s President and CEO Paulette Evans. “Thank you to everyone who has helped us maintain our straight A safety status through the years, and to those helping us continue it into the future.”
“Straight ‘A’ hospitals are a rare breed. Not only do they achieve the highest national standards for safety, but they consistently maintain that level of excellence,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That means that they put the well-being of their patients first, every hour of every day, year after year. We are proud to recognize that tireless commitment.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 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.
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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.