Leapfrog Group assigns an “A” to Saint Francis for sixth consecutive ranking
(Hartford, Conn. November
20, 2014) – Saint Francis Care has again received an “A” rating Hospital Safety Score℠ from The Leapfrog Group, a national hospital
quality watchdog organization.
The Leapfrog Group has released its Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Scores.
For the 6th consecutive time Saint Francis has received an “A” rating. Saint
Francis is one of only four hospitals in the state to earn the highest rating
and the only Connecticut hospital to receive the “A” rating in both the fall
and the spring. Six hospitals received “B” ratings; 12 a “C” rating; and three
a “D” rating in the recent rankings.
Overall, Connecticut ranked 33rd
out of 42 states, with just 16% of its 25 rated hospitals
receiving an “A” grade.
The Hospital Safety Score℠ for 2014 grades hospitals on their
overall performance in keeping patients safe from harm and preventable errors.
The grades are derived from analysis of publicly available data using 28
evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety.
“Saint Francis is committed to patient safety
and quality of care,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and CEO, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center. “This rating shows that we provide the latest
cutting-edge treatments, and we are a leader among hospitals in the state in
keeping our patients safe.”
under the guidance of an eight-member Leapfrog
Blue Ribbon Panel, made up of patient safety experts from across the country,
to select measures and develop a scoring methodology. The Hospital Safety Score℠
assigns an A, B, C, D or F letter grade to local hospitals on its safety in
preventing errors, infections, injuries and medication mix-ups. Compiled by the nation’s leading experts on
patient safety, the goal of the Hospital Safety Score℠ is to reduce the more
than 440,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries by publicly
recognizing safety and exposing harm.
The Hospital Safety Score℠ empowers patients to make informed decisions
about the safety of hospital care.
For more information on
the scoring methodology, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org.
About Saint Francis Care
Saint Francis Care is an
integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and
Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since
1897. Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching
hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England. Other major
entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation
Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and
Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional
Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive
Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare
Partners. Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson
Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health
Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner. Saint Francis Care’s
services are supported by a network of seven major Access Centers and eight
additional medical office centers sited throughout the region. For more
information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group 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.