SwedishAmerican, UW Hospitals Get “A” Grade in Patient Safety

Two UW Health hospitals received a grade of “A” in a report just released by The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit group advocating for better quality and greater transparency in health care.

SwedishAmerican Hospital in Rockford (a division of UW Health) and University Hospital in Madison were the only hospitals in their respective areas to receive the top grade from Leapfrog this year. This is the fourth time that SwedishAmerican has received an A for safety from Leapfrog, and the fifth consecutive time for UW Hospital.

For this report, The Leapfrog Group assigned letter grades, from A through F, to more than 2,500 hospitals. The grades reflected performance on 28 safety measures and were based on data from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the American Hospital Association’s annual survey, the Center for Disease Control, and others. This year, 773 hospitals received an A; 34 received an F. The greatest number (866) received a grade of C.

“SwedishAmerican is honored to again be recognized for our patient safety and quality initiatives that are delivered by our physicians and staff across the entire organization,” says Dr. Michael Born, SwedishAmerican’s chief medical officer and chief quality officer. “We are committed to providing quality care that is focused on patient safety and this award confirms that we consistently provide safe care for our patients.”

“Quality improvement has been a top priority for UW Health for some time, and it requires continual vigilance,” said Betsy Clough, vice president for quality and patient safety for UW Health. “We are working to maintain a strong culture of safety and this high ranking is evidence that we are succeeding.”

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