WASHINGTON, Mo. – Mercy Hospital Washington is one of nine Mercy hospitals across Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to receive an A grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2023 Hospital Safety Grade. These locations are among only 30% of hospitals across the country to earn the highest possible grade from the national nonprofit patient safety advocate group.
Leapfrog assigns letter grades to hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, and the processes in place to prevent harm.
“Earning an A grade from The Leapfrog Group highlights the amazing work by our doctors, advance practitioners and co-workers,” said Eric Eoloff, president of Mercy Washington communities. “Each day our teams are focused on our brand promise of compassionate, safe care and exceptional service. Patients should feel good knowing that their community hospital keeps its eye on safety and service at all times.”
In Arkansas, Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas and Mercy Hospital Fort Smith received A grades; Mercy’s Missouri hospitals with A grades include Mercy Hospital Joplin, Mercy Hospital South, Mercy Hospital Springfield, Mercy Hospital St. Louis and Mercy Hospital Washington. In Oklahoma, Mercy Hospital Ada and Mercy Hospital Ardmore earned A grades.
Statewide, Mercy’s A grades represent a large portion of the total A grades received by all hospitals. Missouri has a total of 13 A grades, five of which are Mercy hospitals. In Arkansas, Mercy’s two A grades were among only six earned throughout the state. Oklahoma’s Mercy hospitals were two of the eight to receive A grades.
“Earning an A grade means Mercy made a true commitment to put patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the leadership, board, clinicians, staff and volunteers who all had a role to play in this achievement.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program exclusively based on hospital prevention of medical errors, infections and injuries that kill more than 500 patients a day nationally. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually in the fall and spring.
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.