(CHICAGO) – Rush University Medical Center 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.
The Leapfrog Group released the fall Hospital Safety Score grades on Oct. 23. This score represents Rush’s overall performance in keeping 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 COO of Rush.
The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of a group of leading national 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.
“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Rush are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.
To see Rush’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.