Morris Hospital Ranked Among Safest in the Country
November 19, 2018, MORRIS, IL – Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers is one of 43 Illinois hospitals ranked among the safest in the nation after earning an “A” on the Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single letter grade that represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. Leapfrog Group issues the report twice annually.
Of the 110 Illinois hospitals that were assessed, 43 received an A, 31 received a B, 31 received a C, 3 received a D, and two received F’s.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement. The data used to calculate the Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade covers a time period ranging from October 2015-2018, depending on the measure.
“Patient safety is absolutely a top priority for our organization,” says Mark Steadham, President & CEO of Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. “Every day, our staff is focused on reducing infection rates, having checks in place to prevent mistakes, and ensuring we have strong lines of communication between staff, patients and families. We encourage our staff to report safety issues so we can fix processes and procedures before they reach a patient. This is how we protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.”
The methodology used to calculate the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety. The Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety as cited in MSNBC, The New York Times, and AARP The Magazine.
To see Morris Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.