WASHINGTON, Missouri – Safety is always a top priority in health care, though never more so than in 2020. Despite unprecedented challenges, Mercy Hospital Washington earned an A grade from The Leapfrog Group – the 10th consecutive A grade since 2016 – demonstrating a continued commitment to patient safety.
Courageous front-line workers across the country have responded to the novel coronavirus, working to keep their patients and communities safe. 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 Washington was among only approximately one-third of the 2,600 hospitals graded to receive an A.
“Our care team’s focus on providing the best to our hospital patients never ceases to amaze me,” said Eric Eoloff, Mercy Hospital Washington president. “During a pandemic year when we’ve been challenged with so many very sick patients, our team hasn’t let up on providing compassionate and safe care and it’s noticed.”
Dr. Keith Starke, Mercy’s senior vice president and chief clinical officer, complimented Mercy co-workers who made the Leapfrog honor possible.
“Our co-workers have faced hardships of truly historic proportions this year,” Dr. Starke said. “We could not be prouder of the way they have handled this unprecedented pandemic with a continued focus on safety. These safety grades from Leapfrog are a direct reflection of our co-workers’ commitment and dedication to excellence and providing the highest quality care possible.”
Other Mercy hospitals to receive A grades include Fort Smith and Northwest Arkansas; Joplin and St. Louis in Missouri; and Ada and Oklahoma City in Oklahoma.
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.