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

 St. Joseph’s Health Hospital was the only hospital in Central New York (within 100 miles) to be awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing St. Joseph’s Health Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The grades were released in early November. This is the second consecutive ‘A’ rating St. Joseph’s has received.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The safety grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“Transparent third-party expert ratings like these reflect our commitment to keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors,” said Leslie Paul Luke, president and CEO at St. Joseph’s Health. “Leapfrog analyzes everything from our culture and our leadership, to our staff’s communication with each other and with patients, to patient recovery, infection rates, and even hand hygiene. This rating further demonstrates the success of our efforts to continuously improve quality, safety and efficacy of care across our continuum.”

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level — from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 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.