The Leapfrog Group, a national organization working to improve healthcare quality and safety, released its new hospital safety grades today. Mercy Hospital, for the fourth time in a row, was awarded an “A” for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the country.
“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ safety grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.
“Our safety and quality outcomes are a direct result of employees, medical staff, and volunteers working together as a coordinated team to deliver the highest level of care to our patients,” said Charlie Therrien, president of Mercy Hospital.