Mercy Hospital Springfield has received an A grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2023 Hospital Safety Grade. Mercy Springfield 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.
“The care of our patients is always our first priority,” said David Argueta, president of Mercy Hospitals Springfield. “This honor, achieved by less than one-third of hospitals nationwide, would not be possible without the dedication of our nurses, doctors and our entire care team.”
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 25 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, 4,000 Mercy Clinic physicians and advanced practitioners, and more than 40,000 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.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.