St. Joe’s gets an ‘A’ grade in Leapfrog hospital safety

St. Joseph’s Health received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the health system’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

It is St. Joseph’s fifth “A” in a row, and sixth overall.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“To receive another “A” safety grade from Leapfrog — our fifth in a row — while we are facing the incredible challenges of a global pandemic, is an extraordinary achievement,” said Leslie Paul Luke, president and CEO of St. Joseph’s Health. “We have always taken safety very seriously and the innovative work we’ve done this year with air quality, decontamination, COVID prevention measures and more, is a testament to our commitment. I am extremely proud of the entire St. Joseph’s Health team.”

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but St. Joseph’s Health shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.

The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

To see St. Joseph’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.