ST. LOUIS – Three Mercy hospitals in the St. Louis area - Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Mercy Hospital Washington - earned an A grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, a national distinction recognizing Mercy’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Of 2,700 hospitals across the country, only 33% received an A grade and only 15 Missouri hospitals.
Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Mercy Hospital Washington are Leapfrog Straight A hospitals, with Mercy St. Louis earning its 18th consecutive A grade since 2012 and Mercy Washington its 11th straight A since 2016. Mercy Hospital Jefferson received its eighth A in the last nine grading periods.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. Every six months, its Hospital Safety Grade, A-F letter grade, is assigned to all U.S. general hospitals. It’s the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
“Mercy’s commitment to quality has become well known in the communities we serve,” said Stephen Mackin, Mercy executive vice president and Mercy St. Louis community president. “For co-workers from direct patient care to those who work behind the scenes, our top focus is always on our patients and their experience at every level.”
“An A safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but those achieving an A grade show us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, Leapfrog safety grades use up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign ratings to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice each year. The methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and results are free to the public.
To see all Mercy hospitals’ full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.