Silver Cross Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. This is the highest mark a hospital can receive. The Hospital Safety Score 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.
According to The Leapfrog Group, the Hospital Safety Score is designed to be the first consumer-friendly way of sharing safety data in an easy-to-use format. Each grade reflects how safe that hospital is for patients, and hospitals that receive an A grade have proven to do a better job at protecting patients from harm. The safety measurements the Hospital Safety Score considers represent the very basic blocks of medical care, such as hand-washing, computerized medication control and nurse staffing levels.
“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”
“At Silver Cross, we see it is part of our mission and unrivaled passion to deliver higher quality care,” said Paul Pawlak, President and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. “Patients can rest assured when they come to Silver Cross, they are receiving safe care delivered in a friendly, state-of-the-art environment.
Leapfrog reviewed data for more than 2,600 general acute care hospitals including Silver Cross. Calculated under the guidance of 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).
The New Silver Cross Hospital: Designed for Faster and Safer Healing
The new Silver Cross Hospital, which opened in February 2012 at I-355 and Route 6 in New Lenox was built using many evidence-based design principles that have proven to help patients heal faster within a safer environment.
Evidence-based design has been shown to improve the hospital environment by:
• Enhancing patient safety through a reduction in infections, risks, injuries from falls, and medical errors;
• Eliminating environmental stressors, such as noise, that negatively affect outcomes;
• Reducing stress and promoting healing by making facilities more pleasant, comfortable, and supportive for patients and families.
“We wanted to create the safest and most efficient rooms that will allow us to give the best possible care to our patients and their family members,” said Peggy Gricus, Vice President of Patient Care.
Rooms in the new hospital are acuity-adaptable, which means there is now space for supplies and staff to deliver the appropriate level of care to the patient rather than transfer the patient between units. The headwall is equipped with electrical and data ports as well as essential gasses (oxygen, med-air, etc.) allowing more procedures to be performed at the bedside. Doctors and nurses can also chart in each room and view images and test results with patients on bedside computers.
“Several of the room’s design elements are associated with better quality outcomes and higher patient satisfaction,” said Gricus. “For example, reducing hospital noise can improve patient recovery and sleep time and reduce depression. Factors such as increased sunlight in patient rooms, views of nature, artwork, and even music, also reduce patient stress and can lead to improved outcomes.”
Some ways that evidence-based design is used in the new Silver Cross Hospital include:
• Large, private patient rooms
• Natural and enhanced lighting
• Sound and noise control
• Cheerful yet calming colors
• Ties to nature
• Easy accessible workstations with sight lines to patient rooms
• Enhanced bedside care
• Patient access to room controls
• Nurse servers for better medication control
• Sinks in patient rooms for hand-washing
• Handrails near beds and in bathrooms
• Dedicated family areas
Take a video tour of the new Silver Cross Hospital at www.silvercross.org. For a referral to a physician on staff, call 1-888-660-HEAL (4325).