May 10, 2013

St. John Medical Center receives “A” rating in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group

St. John Medical Center received an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group in its latest release of safety scores. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to hospitals in the United States are based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

“We are proud of this extraordinary achievement, which reflects our ongoing commitment to quality and safety for our patients,” said William A. Young Jr., president and CEO of St. John Medical Center, which is jointly owned by the Sisters of Charity Health System and University Hospitals.

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate these hospitals for their safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member blue ribbon expert panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. This most recent Hospital Safety Score update accounts for the data updated over the last six months, most covering hospital performance in 2011, and uses a modified methodology based on research and public comments.

The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

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