Mercy Hospital Washington Earns A Grade for Safety

November 6, 2023

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.

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“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.

To see Mercy’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on X (formerly Twitter) and Facebook.