New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. All three Rush hospitals – Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Copley Medical Center –received an ‘A’ grade, the highest possible. Leapfrog awarded A grades to 823 hospitals out of the 2,639 in the United States that it evaluated for their commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.
Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Rush Copley Medical Center have received A grades in each of the 11 times the Leapfrog Group has rated hospitals since launching the organization’s Hospital Safety Score in June 2012 – putting them among the elite 63 (2.4 percent) of the hospitals receiving grades that have earned the top score every time. Rush Oak Park Hospital received its second consecutive A and its fourth overall. Rush Copley is also the only hospital in the Fox Valley area to achieve straight As.
“We are pleased to be recognized once again by Leapfrog for our strong culture of safety,” said Barry C. Finn, president and CEO of Rush Copley and executive vice president of the Rush system. “Our physicians and staff work every day to improve the quality of service and care they provide – care that’s delivered with the highest standards of safety and compassion.”
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.
“Keeping our patients safe from medical errors and hospital-acquired infections that would worsen their condition obviously is crucial to helping them get better. That all three Rush hospitals again have received A’s from the Leapfrog Group, shows that we are meeting a standard that few other hospitals or systems can match for ensuring our patient’s well-being,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of the Rush system, which includes the three hospitals. Goodman also is CEO of Rush University Medical Center.
A-level care saves lives
An analysis conducted for Leapfrog found that an estimated 206,021 avoidable deaths occur in hospitals in the United States each year, and that an estimated 33,439 lives could be saved annually if all hospitals performed as well as A-rated hospitals such as those in the Rush system. The study also found that the risk of avoidable death was nine percent higher in B hospitals than A hospitals, and rose to 35 percent higher in C hospitals and 50 percent higher in D and F hospitals. Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality provided the analysis in the spring of this year, using that period's round of safety grade data.
To see Rush Copley’s full grade, and to access tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL, is a 210-bed hospital providing health and wellness services to the greater Fox Valley community. Nearly 500 physicians and 2,000 clinical and professional staff members provide advanced medicine and extraordinary care to patients. Rush Copley is a member of the Rush System for Health.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.