Mercy Hospital Joplin has received a top “A” rating from the Leapfrog Group, which has announced its fall 2016 release of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The program assigns letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals bi-annually and is the gold standard measure of patient safety in the United States. Of the 2,633 hospitals evaluated, 844 earned an A.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Mercy Hospital Joplin also received an A grade in fall 2015.
“Nothing is more important than patient safety to Mercy Hospital Joplin and its co-workers,” said Gary Pulsipher, hospital president. “Even with our state-of-the-art hospital and this top rating, we will continue to do the best we can to provide exceptional care for our patients.”
The safety grade uses 30 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. Patients can see the scores of hospitals across the country by visiting the Hospital Safety Score website, which also includes consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital.
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.