Mercy hospitals have received A grades in the latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report for keeping patients safe in the hospital.
Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Mercy Hospital South and Mercy Hospital St. Louis were three of only 14 hospitals in the state to earn an A grade from Leapfrog in its list of fall 2022 grades.
In addition, all Mercy hospitals received an A grade for billing ethics from the Leapfrog Group and Money magazine, the only hospitals in the metro area to get the nod for fair billing, highlighting Mercy’s value with low cost and high quality care.
“Consumer ratings are everywhere these days, it’s expected. People want quality, which is especially important in health care,” said Kat Nelson, Mercy chief quality officer. “Time and again, our hospitals are recognized for the safe care our co-workers provide our patients, and we all take pride when that care is honored.”
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.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns letter grades to hospitals across the country based on more than 30 performance measures, including errors, injuries, accidents, infections and the protocols hospitals have in place to prevent harm to patients.
“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An A safety grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”