New Hospital Safety Scores, 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. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Saint Joseph Hospital was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.
"At Saint Joseph Hospital we put the patient at the center of everything we do. Our goal is always zero patient harm," says Jamie Smith, President of Saint Joseph Hospital. "This 'A' ranking represents our culture. There is a great sense of teamwork among our physicians, nurses and support staff and a desire to continually learn and improve. We also use many tools to monitor our performance, such as patient experience results, clinical outcomes data and staff self-reporting."
"Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an 'A' from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Saint Joseph Hospital's full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
To learn more about Saint Joseph Hospital’s other recent awards and honors, visit saintjosephdenver.org/awards.