For the ninth consecutive time, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City has received an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for achievements in protecting patients from harm and errors in the hospital.
“The care and safety of our patients is always our first priority, and our nurses, physicians and care teams reflect that in their work every day,” said Jim Gebhart, president of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City. “This recognition is special because it’s decided by an objective, third-party group that evaluates and reports on hospitals’ quality, safety and performance and less than one-third of hospitals nationwide receive it.”
The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national watchdog organization, assigns letter grades to hospitals across the country based on more than 30 performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm to their patients.
In Oklahoma, Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City was one of only 11 hospitals throughout the state and the only hospital in Oklahoma City to earn an A grade from Leapfrog in the Fall 2021 grades.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public at hospitalsafetygrade.org. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which this community should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and workforce of Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”
The A grade from The Leapfrog Group is in addition to other recent recognitions of safety and quality at Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, such as a sixth 2021 IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospital award and a 2021 Best Maternity Hospital by Newsweek and The Leapfrog Group.
To see Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.