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Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Highlight Patient Safety in Illinois; 37 hospitals awarded A’s

By MBGH Information posted 04-24-2018 10:48


Nationally Illinois ranked 15, up from 26 from the Fall 2017 grades


CHICAGO – April 24, 2018 – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, released the updated Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. General acute-care hospitals in the U.S. are assigned letter grades of A, B, C, D or F based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. These errors are killing or harming millions of people each year and serve as the third leading cause of death in the U.S.

In Illinois, 107 hospitals were graded, and 37 were awarded an A, the highest letter grade, demonstrating excellence in patient safety. The following hospitals received an A in Illinois:

  • Advocate Condell Medical Center (Libertyville)
  • AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Bolingbrook
  • AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale
  • AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange
  • *AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates
  • Carle Foundation Hospital (Urbana)
  • Centegra Hospital – McHenry
  • CGH Medical Center (Sterling)
  • *Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (Melrose Park)
  • MacNeal Hospital (Berwyn)
  • McDonough District Hospital (Macomb)
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem -Skokie Hospital
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem-Highland Park Hospital
  • Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital
  • *Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield)
  • Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital (Geneva)
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital (Chicago)
  • OSF HealthCare Saint Francis Medical Center (Peoria)
  • *OSF St. Joseph Medical Center (Bloomington)
  • *OSF St. Mary Medical Center (Galesburg)
  • Palos Community Hospital (Palos Heights)
  • Presence Mercy Medical Center (Aurora)
  • Presence Resurrection Medical Center (Chicago)
  • Presence Saint Joseph Hospital (Chicago)
  • Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (Chicago)
  • Presence United Samaritans Medical Center (Danville)
  • Riverside Medical Center (Kankakee)
  • *Rush Copley Medical Center (Aurora)
  • Rush Oak Park Hospital
  • *Rush University Medical Center (Chicago)
  • Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center (Mattoon)
  • Silver Cross Hospital (New Lenox)
  • SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital - Mount Vernon
  • SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital-Centralia
  • *University of Chicago Medical Center (Chicago)
  • *West Suburban Medical Center (Oak Park) 

Nine hospitals have consistently received A grades for the last five years (denoted above with *), 38 hospitals earned a B, 30 earned a C, with one hospital each receiving a D and an F.

“With more than 200,000 people dying due to errors in hospitals every year, communities must be vigilant in monitoring the safety records of their local facilities,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade helps shed light on those hospitals in need of improvement, while also highlighting the safer facilities, to make it easy for patients to choose the best option for their care.”

The non-profit Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) serves as the Leapfrog Group’s Illinois Regional Leader, representing employer purchasers of health care. 

“Patient safety must be a priority for all residents and businesses in Illinois and it’s encouraging to see that our state ranking has improved to the 15th spot nationally from last year,” said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president & CEO. “We are committed to working together with hospitals and other stakeholders to move towards care that is high-quality, safe and at the best cost. The health of our community depends on this!”

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.

To see the complete Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade and access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit, and follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Journalists interested in scheduling interviews should email 

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.


About the Midwest Business Group on Health

MBGH is one of the nation’s leading non-profit employer coalitions of over 130 mid, large and jumbo self-funded public and private employers, representing over 4 million lives and annually spending over $4.5 billion on health care. Members consist of leading health benefit professionals, with activities focused on education, research, benchmarking and community-based initiatives that increase the value of health benefits and health care services. MBGH is a founding member of the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions. 

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