Mercy Ada is among 10 hospitals in the Mercy system that recently earned A grades for safety.
The Leapfrog Group on Thursday released its spring 2020 Hospital Safety Grades, which score hospitals on how they protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. More than 2,600 U.S. general acute-care hospitals were assigned scores and only 858 received an A (33 percent of those surveyed).
“Our priority has always been providing the highest quality of care to our patients,” said Dr. Keith Starke, Mercy chief quality officer. “The expert care delivered by our physicians, nurses and staff throughout the Mercy system continues to be recognized by national groups such as Leapfrog, and we are pleased that these grades put Mercy among the best hospitals in the country.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring.
“The devotion of our co-workers is what allows us to provide quality care to our patients and our communities. Our amazing co-workers and their commitment to our patients is what contributes to our delivery of top-quality care,” said Terence Farrell, Mercy Hospital Ada president. “I am incredibly honored for Mercy Ada to be recognized by The Leapfrog Group and I simply cannot thank our Mercy Ada co-workers enough for this recognition.
Leapfrog has updated grades for 2,600 general hospitals across the country. Using 28 evidence-based measures of patient safety, The Leapfrog Group calculated a numerical score for all eligible hospitals in the U.S. The numerical score was then converted into one of five letter grades: A, B, C, D or F. Read more about Leapfrog scoring here.
Leapfrog’s Board of Directors, regional leaders and staff expressed gratitude for Mercy’s dedication and courage as part of America’s health care workforce, as “the COVID-19 pandemic threat reminds us all how much we depend on your bravery and caring at our most vulnerable moments.”