Silver Cross Receives Straight A’s for Safety
Silver Cross Hospital has once again been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an “A” Hospital Safety Grade by the The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system. The group rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, infections, and accidents that can cause harm. Only 38 out of 113 hospitals in Illinois received an “A” and Silver Cross is the only hospital in Will County to do so. This is the fifth time Silver Cross has received “Straight A’s.”
“At Silver Cross, we see it is part of our mission and commitment to deliver safe, high 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 care at a highly reliable hospital that has higher survival rates, less complications, and a safe environment.”
“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”
This A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety, cited in MSNBC, The New York Times, and AARP The Magazine. Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
According to the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins, over 33,000 lives could be saved if all hospitals performed at the level of A graded hospitals – like Silver Cross.