Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Earns ‘A’ in Hospital Safety Twice in 2014
November 10, 2014 – Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) received an “A” for how well the medical center protects patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections, according to The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog.
For 2014, this is the second consecutive “A” in patient safety for PSMEMC. The Hospital Safety Score is calculated every six months and is free to patients. Click here to search and compare scores for hospitals in the Chicago area. Click hereto review PSMEMC’s score.
The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement, according to Leapfrog.
“We have earned another ‘A’ rating because patient safety remains the highest priority at our medical center,” said Martin Judd, Regional President and CEO, PSMEMC. “Our physicians, nurses and health care team work together to ensure a safe patient experience for every individual. We encourage patients to do their homework before coming to a hospital to learn about the hospital’s record, just as they would research other information online.”
Calculated under criteria identified by Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score. The score indicates how well a hospital protects patients from preventable harm and medical errors, such as falls, problems during surgery, medication errors, blood clots, infections and others.
The methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety, according to Leapfrog.