Demonstration of Hospital’s Ongoing Commitment to Improvement in Quality and Patient Safety
CHICAGO – Norwegian American Hospital’s 2014 Leapfrog Hospital Recognition Program summary scores have increased for the second consecutive year, with the hospital awarded a letter grade of “B” by the independent non-profit ratings agency. The Leapfrog Group is an organization that provides a national comparison of publically-reported data on patient safety, quality and efficiency within hospital settings. Norwegian American Hospital is honored to be above the national average in every category.
The Leapfrog Group released its fifth round of Hospital Safety Scores on April 29th, assigning a letter grade – “A, B,C, D, or F” – to 2,522 hospitals based on their performance on 28 safety measures. Norwegian American Hospital’s B rating is a one-letter grade jump since the hospital was issued a C in 2013 and a four-letter grade jump since 2012, placing Norwegian American Hospital among a group of fewer than 60 participating hospitals nationwide who have achieved a two-letter grade improvement or better in that time period.
“Our continued improvement in these scores highlights the unwavering commitment being shown by our physicians, our nurses and our staff to deliver quality care to our patients every single day,” said José R. Sánchez, president and CEO of Norwegian American Hospital. “Improving our score again this year was accomplished through the continued dedication of everyone at Norwegian American. We are confident our quality journey will produce even higher scores in the future.”
In the last year, Norwegian American Hospital has made significant progress on its quest to be a role model for quality and patient safety in community hospitals. Building a culture of safety has been at the forefront of the hospital’s new leadership and is echoed throughout the hospital walls. The organization has become data driven with the recruitment of new leadership and has engaged all staff, including physicians and the board of trustees, to ensure quality and safety measures are being practiced.