Hospitals earn “A” grades for safety

St. Anthony Hospital and St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital receive “A” grades for Patient Safety in Spring 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. St. Anthony Hospital, including Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony, and St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, were two of 823 hospitals to receive “A” grades for their commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

“At St. Anthony and Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony, our top priority is patient safety. We are pleased to be recognized by The Leapfrog Group, as this is a true testament to our commitment to best safety practices. By utilizing these practices, we ensure our patients receive the best care possible,” said Tammy Powell, president of St. Anthony Hospital.

“This recognition is a testament to the continuous efforts of our entire team to ensure each of our patients receives the safest, highest quality care,” said Jana McQuain, Administrative Director, SSMOK Quality & Performance Improvement.  “We always put high quality patient care first.”

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see the full grades for St. Anthony Hospital and St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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