(Chicago) – For the third consecutive time, Rush University Medical Center has received an “A” for patient safety in a nationwide evaluation of hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, a national not-for-profit organization that promotes health care safety and quality improvement.
This score represents Rush’s overall performance in keeping our patients safe from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections.
“This grade is affirmation of our ongoing patient safety-focused initiatives and demonstrates the effort by Rush staff to implement strategies and practices that aim to continually improve quality and safety in health care,” said Peter Butler, president and chief operating officer.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families and is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013).
“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate Rush for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”
To see Rush’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.
The Hospital Safety Score utilizes national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to produce a single composite score that represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.