St. Elizabeth Hospital was one of 823 hospitals in the United States to receive an ‘A’ ranking by the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, placing it among the safest hospitals in the country. The new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced on April 12.
“We continually strive to provide the safest and best quality care to our patients on a daily basis. To be recognized as a national leader for safety in hospital care is a great honor to our hospital and its staff members. I, along with St. Elizabeth’s board members and our health system’s senior leadership,am thrilled at this recognition and most thankful for the dedication of our team members and medical staff to the ministry and the people we are so privileged to serve,” said St. Elizabeth Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Robert Burgess.
“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”
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. Grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.