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July 16, 2012

Rush Hospitals Receive Top Grades for Patient Safety in National Survey
 

Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital received top grades for patient safety in a nationwide evaluation of hospitals. The study was conducted by the Leapfrog Group, a national not-for-profit organization that promotes health care safety and quality improvement.

Both hospitals received an A grade. These scores represent the hospitals’ overall performance in keeping patients safe from medical and medication errors, infections and injuries.

The Leapfrog Group evaluated 2,652 hospitals nationwide, including 114 of the 177 in Illinois (specialty hospitals were not included). Each hospital was given a grade of A, B, C, D or F for its safety. The scores were calculated under the guidance of the Leapfrog Group’s blue ribbon expert panel using 26 measures of publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. The score for each hospital is available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Rush is among 729 hospitals nationwide and nine in the Chicago area to receive an A ranking, while 30 Illinois hospitals received C grades and seven received failing grades. This is the first time Leapfrog has evaluated hospitals for patient safety using a letter grade. The results were announced on June 6.

“For patient care to be effective, it must first and foremost be safe. The A grades are an important affirmation of the outstanding job done by the people who work at Rush in providing safe care for our patients,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, Rush CEO.

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