Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City was awarded an A grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group and is among 10 hospitals in the Mercy system that recently earned A grades. The award is the hospital’s sixth A in a row.
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 physicians, nurses and staff are dedicated to providing expert care of the highest quality to our patients,” said Dr. Chad Smith, vice president of medical affairs at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “We get to see that every day and it means so much when national organizations like The Leapfrog Group notice and reward their hard work.”
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.
“Our hospital has been recognized with consecutive straight A’s since 2017 and we couldn’t be more proud,” said Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City.
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.”