Saint Francis Awarded Another “A” Grade for Patient Safety by the Leapfrog Group

The Largest Connecticut Hospital and One of Six Statewide Named to Receive the Top Grade 

(Hartford, Conn. November 29, 2012)  Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center announced today that it has been honored with a second consecutive “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, a nationally recognized organization founded by a consortium of Fortune 500 companies and other large public healthcare purchasers representing 37 million American consumers nationwide. 

Saint Francis is the largest hospital in Connecticut to merit this distinction, and one of only six statewide to receive this recognition. 

The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety records. 

“We are pleased to have been recognized for the efforts we put into patient safety every day at Saint Francis,” said Christopher Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  “This is the second time that Saint Francis has received an “A” grade by Leapfrog for patient safety.  We strongly believe that continuous safety improvement is the driving force to enhancing patient and family experiences,” added Dadlez. 

Leapfrog’s primary mission is to create a more transparent health care system, where consumers can access the information they need to make critical decisions about where to seek care - and where that in turn will drive a much needed change in the market,” said Keith Reissaus, board chair of The Leapfrog Group. “Leapfrog is unbiased in telling the whole truth about how hospitals are doing, no matter how much discomfort that causes many of them. Consumers deserve ‘A’ hospitals and someday we may see all hospitals earning ‘A's.’ However, we are not there yet." 

To see Saint Francis’ scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.  

Calculated with oversight by The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 

About The Leapfrog Group 

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) 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. 

About Saint Francis 

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, and the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research. Its services are supported by a network of five major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region. For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.