Rush Hospitals Receive Highest Marks for Patient Safety

April 30, 2020

Two Rush University System for Health (RUSH) hospitals again were rated among the best in the country for safety in the latest grades awarded by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit watchdog organization. Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Copley Medical Center both received 'A' grades, the highest possible.

Leapfrog announced the latest of its twice-yearly safety grades on Thursday, April 30, awarding grades to the more than 2,600 hospitals in the United States that it evaluated for their commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

Rush Oak Park Hospital received its eighth consecutive 'A' grade and its 10th overall.

“To be recognized during a time when our staff has been on the frontlines battling the COVID-19 pandemic is a great honor,” said Bruce Elegant, president and CEO of Rush Oak Park Hospital. “It's a testament to their work to ensure patients are cared for in the safest environment.”  

In December, the hospital was one of only 55 in the nation to be recognized as a Top Teaching Hospital by Leapfrog.

Since Leapfrog began rating hospitals twice a year on safety in 2012, Rush Copley has received the top grade every time, for a total of 17 As. Rush Copley is one of only 32 hospitals in the country to earn an A in every score release.

Measure of Hospital Safety

Leapfrog used 28 measures of publicly available hospital data to assign scores of A, B, C, D or F. The score represents each hospital's overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections while they are in the hospital.

The Leapfrog Group compiles the Hospital Safety Score under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety in order to provide the public with information that people can use to protect themselves and their families. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

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