Sister M. Mikela
ALTON – For the third year, Saint Anthony’s Health Center renewed its "A" grade safety rating from The Leapfrog Group, which places the Alton hospital among the top-performing medical centers in the nation for its patient-safety standards.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization and advocate for hospital transparency, just released its Spring Hospital Safety Score standings based on the latest public data used to evaluate patient safety. The organization assigns letter grades from A to F to hospitals throughout the country for their patient safety practices.
“The Leapfrog recognition reaffirms our commitment to the community to ensure the highest standards of quality and patient satisfaction – for every patient, every visit,” said Sister M. Mikela, President and CEO of Saint Anthony’s Health Center. “The reward is nice, but what this truly means is that we have a health care environment of safety that our patients and their families can trust.
“Our Mission Partners are committed to best practice and support each other towards excellence.”
In addition to Leapfrog, Saint Anthony’s has also been acknowledged by The Joint Commission, the nation’s leading authority on health care organizations, as a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures in the nation for delivering outstanding patient care.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
To see Saint Anthony’s Leapfrog scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
For information about Saint Anthony’s Health Center, visit www.sahc.org.