Mercy Hospital Joplin has received an A grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2023 Hospital Safety Grade. Mercy Joplin was among only 29% of hospitals across the country to earn the highest possible grade from the national nonprofit patient safety advocate group.
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.
“We know our co-workers do excellent work on a day-to-day basis, so to have their efforts validated by this national organization is a great feeling,” said Donna O’Keefe, executive director of quality and patient safety. “This is our 16th A grade in the past 17 Leapfrog evaluations, so we’re very proud of the dedication our co-workers have to providing safe, high-quality care to their patients every time.”
In Missouri, Mercy Hospitals to receive an A grade in the spring 2023 assessments were: Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Mercy Hospital Joplin, Mercy Hospital South, Mercy Hospital Springfield and Mercy Hospital St. Louis.
In addition, Mercy Hospitals Northwest Arkansas and Fort Smith received As. In addition to its seven A grades, three Mercy hospitals earned B ratings, demonstrating a consistent commitment to quality and safety across the board.
Statewide, Mercy’s A grades represent a huge portion of the total A grades received by all hospitals. Missouri has a total of 19 A grades, with five going to Mercy hospitals. In Arkansas, Mercy’s two A grades were among only seven earned throughout the state.
“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, Leapfrog 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.
Mercy, one of the 20 largest U.S. health systems and named the top large system in the U.S. for excellent patient experience by NRC Health, serves millions annually with nationally recognized quality care and one of the nation’s largest Accountable Care Organizations. Mercy is a highly integrated, multi-state health care system including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, more than 4,000 physicians and advanced practitioners and more than 45,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.