The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality
and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. St. Mary's Medical Center was one of 750 awarded an 'A' for
its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety
standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade
to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing
medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
"St. Mary's is honored to, again, receive an "A" grade
from The Leapfrog Group. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey is a rigorous initiative
that is raising the bar for safer healthcare and is a testament to our
entire team's commitment to patient quality and safety," said
Sarah Gonzalez, CNO of St. Mary's Medical Center.
"This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients
from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and
injuries," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
"Receiving an 'A' Safety Grade means a hospital is among
the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting
their patients first, 24 hours a day."
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital
Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data
to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year.
It is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see St. Mary's full grade details, and to access patient tips for
staying safe in the hospital, visit
www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on