ST. LOUIS - The Leapfrog Group has released its latest grades for hospital safety across the nation. Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Mercy Hospital Washington were both awarded “A” grades based on preventable medical errors, accidents and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
“Mercy co-workers strive to provide the best care for our patients in a comfortable and safe environment,” said Donn Sorensen, president of Mercy East Communities. “These grades are just the latest example of that great care.”
“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Mercy for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
Mercy Hospital St. Louis scored within the “Best Performing Hospitals” category for multiple measures within the Leapfrog data that hospitals publicly report. In addition, there have been zero ventilator-associated pneumonias (VAP) for one year thanks to precautionary interventions, team training and virtual monitoring of intensive care unit ventilator patients. The hospital also is record breaking for pressure ulcer prevention among hospitals of similar size.
Mercy Hospital Washington has maintained zero Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) infections in the intensive care unit (ICU) for four years and zero central line infections for seven years. It was ranked by Consumer Reports in 2012 as a top “safe hospital” and in 2010 as a top hospital at keeping patients in the ICU from contracting life-threatening infections linked to the presence of central (intravenous) lines. In 2011, it was recognized by Primaris for maintaining zero MRSA infections in the ICU. The hospital was a 2010 recipient of the Safe Patient Care Award for influenza mitigation from Missouri’s Center for Patient Safety.
Leapfrog derived the score by evaluating its own data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey.
Other Mercy Hospitals to receive A grades include Springfield, Independence, Kan., and Lebanon.
To see a complete list of Leapfrog’s latest hospital grades, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a grade that reflects a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe.