Bon Secours St. Francis Earns "A" Rating in Leapfrog Safety Score
Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored ST. FRANCIS downtown and ST. FRANCIS eastside with “A” ratings – its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“This recognition is due to the unfailing commitment of our physicians and staff to patient safety,” said Mark Nantz, CEO, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System. “These scores reflect our mission to be ‘good help’ to our patients and their families. By consistently putting the safety of our patients first, our clinical teams have spearheaded initiatives that have resulted in fewer patient falls and zero central line infections, among others.”
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 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, physicians and staff of both hospitals within Bon Secours St. Francis Health System for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of you patients your top priority.”
To see how the scores for Bon Secours St. Francis compare locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.