Rush Hospitals Tops in Class for Patient Safety

All three hospitals again receive ‘A’ grades from The Leapfrog Group

Awards, Rankings and Recognitions November 8, 2021
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Once again, all three Rush University System for Health hospitals have received "A" grades for patient safety, the highest possible rating, from The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit health care watchdog organization. The grades are an assessment of hospitals’ success in protecting patients from harm and medical errors.

Rush Copley Medical Center now has received A’s in 19 of the 20 sets of grades that Leapfrog has issued since it began rating hospitals for safety in 2012. Rush University Medical Center now has received 16 "A" grades from Leapfrog, which also named it a Top Teaching Hospital in December 2020. Rush Oak Park Hospital received its 11th consecutive "A," continuing its designation as a "Straight A" hospital, and 13th in all. 

This morning, Leapfrog announced its latest grades, which are given twice a year, rating more than 2,900 hospitals in the United States for their success at avoiding errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients.

“Receiving an ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group again, as we have so many times before, underlines our promise that Rush University Medical Center will provide excellent care with the highest degree of safety,” said Dr. Omar Lateef, president and CEO of the Medical Center. “At a time when being protected from infections, and staying safe overall, are on everyone’s mind, this recognition can reassure our patients and visitors that every one of us is dedicated to the well-being of every one of them.”

“This ‘A’ ranking is the result of the extraordinary work of our dedicated providers and staff who consistently strive to deliver safe, high-quality care,” said John Diederich, MA, MBA, FACHE, president and CEO of Rush Copley Medical Center. “The pandemic has been challenging for hospitals and our focus on safe, quality care continues to be first priority for our patients.” 

“Our consistent 'A' grade designation from The Leapfrog Group further exemplifies Rush Oak Park Hospital’s dedication to provide the best and safest care for our patients,” said Dr. Dino Rumoro, president and CEO, Rush Oak Park Hospital. “The fact that all three Rush hospitals received the top grade demonstrates our ongoing commitment to excellence throughout our system.”

Measure of hospital safety

Leapfrog assigns grades of A, B, C, D or F in the spring and fall based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. The grade represents each hospital's overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors, accidents, injuries, infections and other kinds of harm while they are in the hospital.

A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Grade website.

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of all three Rush hospitals for their commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

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