Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Receives “A” Grade in New Hospital Safety Score Data

 The 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.” 

Leapfrog works 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 

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

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.