Three Mercy hospitals in the St. Louis region have earned A grades in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2023 Hospital Safety Grade. Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Mercy Hospital South and Mercy Hospital St. Louis are among the 29% of U.S. hospitals to earn the highest possible grade from the national nonprofit patient safety advocate group.
Leapfrog’s Safety Grade assesses hospitals 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.
“Patients should expect safe, high-quality care whenever they come to a Mercy hospital,” said Kat Nelson, Mercy chief quality officer. “Our co-workers, whether providing direct clinical care or support services, know these expectations are high and strive to meet them. An A safety grade validates the effort of our co-workers and physicians across our Mercy hospitals.”
Outside the St. Louis region, Mercy Hospital Joplin and Mercy Hospital Springfield in Missouri along with Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas and Mercy Hospital Fort Smith also earned A safety grades.
Statewide, Mercy’s A grades represent more than a quarter of the A grades received by all hospitals. Missouri has a total of 19 A grades, with five going to Mercy hospitals.
“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 these Mercy hospitals received an A despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”
In addition to its seven A grades, three Mercy hospitals, including Mercy Hospital Washington, earned B ratings, demonstrating a consistent commitment to quality and safety across the board. Critical access hospitals, including Mercy Hospital Lincoln, are not graded by Leapfrog.
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.