CHICAGO – December 16, 2020 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in Illinois by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), announced today fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The independent grading system assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the US based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
Statewide, 104 hospitals were graded, and 35 earned an A, 28 earned a B, 38 earned a C, one earned a D, and two hospitals earned an F. Leapfrog has assigned letter grades to hospitals based on their patient safety performance twice annually since spring 2012. Of note, four Illinois hospitals have maintained straight As for 18 consecutive grading periods:
- Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
- Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield)
- OSF St. Mary Medical Center (Galesburg)
- University of Chicago Medical Center
“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade offers critical patient safety information to consumers, in an easily digestible way, so they can make informed decisions about where they seek care in Illinois,” said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO. “In light of the pandemic, the need for transparency and accountability across our nation’s hospitals has never been more urgent. We commend our hospitals in Illinois who continue to ensure that the safety of the patients they serve comes first.”
MBGH, a non-profit organization representing employer purchasers of health care, and the Leapfrog Group’s Illinois Regional Leader, annually encourages Illinois hospitals to participate in Leapfrog’s online patient safety survey.
“As we grapple with the current implications and lasting ramifications of COVID-19, hospital and patient safety have never been more important” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We thank all hospitals and heroic members of the health care work force for their efforts to protect and save patients this year.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 US hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, as well as individual grades and state rankings, please visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.
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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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 130 mid, large and jumbo self-funded public and private employers, representing over 4 million lives and annually spending over $12 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. For additional details visit www.mbgh.org and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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