When it comes to protecting patients from errors, injuries and infections, Mercy Hospital Springfield gets a grade of “A,” according to the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score. The Hospital Safety Score is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“Our foundress, Catherine McAuley, said, ‘Only the best for those entrusted to our care.’ We strive to live up to those words every day,” said Jon Swope, president of Mercy Central Communities. “We’re very proud of this grade, but we are always striving to be better.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single letter-grade 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 fall 2014, with about 31-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.
To see how Mercy Hospital Springfield’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.