Safety is always a top priority in health care, though never more so than in 2020. Despite unprecedented challenges, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City earned an A grade from The Leapfrog Group – its seventh consecutive A grade since 2017 – demonstrating a continued commitment to patient safety.
Leapfrog’s Safety Grade assesses hospitals nationwide based on the outcomes of their efforts to prevent medical errors, infections and other patient harm, and gives traditional letter grades that reflect their ability to keep their patients safe. Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City was among only approximately one-third of the 2,600 hospitals graded to receive an A.
“This award is a direct reflection of our incredible co-workers and their dedication to providing exceptional, high quality care for our patients,” Jim Gebhart, community president at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “Our co-workers have faced hardships of truly historic proportions this year but their resiliency and resolve to continue to do what’s best for their patients is inspiring”
Mercy Hospital Ada in Oklahoma also received an A grade along with Mercy hospitals in the following communities in other states: Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas; Joplin, St. Louis and Washington in Missouri.
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog assessment uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.