UH St. John Medical Center Earns Straight A’s in National Safety Study

University Hospitals St. John Medical Center is one of five UH affiliated hospitals to  receive “A” grades in hospital safety in The Leapfrog Group’s survey of more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals, according to the national nonprofit organization.

UH St. John Medical Center received top scores calculated using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.

Robert David, UH St. John Medical Center President and Chief Patient Experience Officer said,  “It’s an incredible achievement to achieve an “A” rating in Leapfrog’s National Patient Safety Program.  What’s even more humbling, UH St. John Medical Center has received an “A” rating bi-annually every period since Spring 2012, or 11 consecutive times.  Only 63 hospitals nationally have achieved this honor.  I’m truly blessed to work with such a great group of physicians and employees who work so hard to keep our patients safe every minute of every day.”

U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D or F for their safety. Leapfrog is identifying only those hospitals that received a C grade or better. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.

University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center, UH Geauga Medical Center and UH Richmond Medical Center (a campus of UH Regional Hospitals) along with joint venture hospital UH Southwest General Medical Center  joined UH St. John Medical Center in achieving the ranking.

Of the 2,651 U.S. hospitals given a grade, 729 received an A, 679 scored a B, 1,111 got a C, and the remaining 132 are pending a grade. Of the 97 hospitals rated in Ohio, 31 received an A.

“We are proud of this extraordinary achievement, which reflects University Hospitals’ ongoing commitment to quality and safety for our patients,” said William Annable, MD, Chief Quality Officer and Director of the UH Quality Institute. “This is an exceptional recognition when you consider that more than 2,600 hospitals across the country are measured.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, said the goal of its initiative is to provide usable public information and to stimulate improvements in public safety.

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

To see the UH scores as they compare locally and nationally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how consumers can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.


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