St. Mary’s Medical Center has been awarded an ‘A’ from
The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog
Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes St. Mary’s Medical Center’s efforts
in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
This is the fourth ‘A’ in a row for St. Mary’s. The hospital
is one of seven in the Kansas City metro to receive an ‘A’
and one of only 34 hospitals in the state. St. Mary’s Medical Center
was also one of only 15 hospitals in Missouri to receive the Healthgrades
2019 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM this month.
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving
health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.
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, injuries, accidents,
infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an
accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah
Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that
earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients
from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders,
board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn
“St. Mary’s Medical Center has never taken an ‘A’
Safety Grade for granted, which is why we’ve achieved it four times
in a row,” said Drew Grossman, Chief Executive Officer of St. Mary’s
Medical Center. “This makes it clear to our community that it is
of the utmost importance we keep our patients safe from errors, injuries,
accidents, and infections when they are in our care.”
Developed under the guidance of a
national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available
hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care
hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology
is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see St. Mary’s Medical Center’s full grade details, as well
as others’ in the region, and to access patient tips for staying
safe in the hospital, visit