(CHICAGO) — Once again, Rush University Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital received an “A” grade for overall performance in keeping their patients safe from medical and medication errors, infections and injuries in a nationwide evaluation of hospitals. Evaluations were conducted by the Leapfrog Group, a national not-for-profit organization that promotes health care safety and quality improvement.
The Leapfrog Group released the fall Hospital Safety Score grades on Nov. 26, noting how safe hospitals are for patients (the first score was released in June).
The Leapfrog Group evaluated more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide. The scores were calculated under the guidance of the Leapfrog Group’s blue ribbon expert panel, an independent national nonprofit, using 26 measures of publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.
Rush is among 729 hospitals nationwide and nine in the Chicago area to receive an A ranking, while 30 Illinois hospitals received C grades.
The results are posted on a website open to the patients and families, the public and employers and other purchasers of health care. It is the most complete picture available of a hospital’s quality and safety. The website is www.leapfroggroup.org.