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SwedishAmerican Hospital Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Independent National Organization

November 28, 2012


SwedishAmerican Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Hospital Safety ScoresSM (A, B, C, D or F) are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“SwedishAmerican works hard to maintain its position as the ‘quality leader’ among health systems in northern Illinois,” says Dr. Kathleen Kelly, SwedishAmerican's Chief Medical Officer and Chief Quality Officer. “Providing a safe environment for our patients is our top priority, and our performance in this area is reflected in this national distinction.”

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate SwedishAmerican Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see SwedishAmerican Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score Web site at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospital scores also are available on a free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About SwedishAmerican Health System

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed healthcare system, headquartered in Rockford, Illinois. The health system is comprised of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation, and has an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

For further information, contact:
Paul Greenland
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