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Six AMITA Health Hospitals Earn Top Scores In Leapfrog Patient Safety Study

 

Diana Woytko, AMITA Health Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer

(ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill., APRIL 27, 2016) – AMITA Health’s six acute-care hospitals have earned top scores in a newly released study of hospital safety.

AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, Bolingbrook, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, GlenOaks, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, Hinsdale, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center, La Grange, AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Medical Center, Elk Grove Village, and AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center, Hoffman Estates received “A”s in The Leapfrog Group’s biannual Hospital Safety Score study.

In addition, AMITA Health Hoffman Estates was among 153 hospitals nationwide that earned Leapfrog’s “Straight A” since 2013 designation, which calls attention to hospitals who have consistently received an “A” grade for safety in the last three years of Hospital Safety Scores.

The Hospital Safety Score represents a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. An “A” is the highest possible score.

The six AMITA Health hospitals were among 50 Illinois hospitals and 798 nationwide to receive top scores in the study, which graded 115 hospitals in the state and 2,571 nationwide.

“Leapfrog’s latest Hospital Safety Scores reflect the impact of a wide range of initiatives launched by AMITA Health to enhance quality and patient safety,” says Diana Woytko, AMITA Health Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer. “Our physicians and other healthcare professionals are deeply committed to these initiatives and work together continually to ensure the use of best practices at our hospitals.”

Leapfrog, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization, assigns safety scores to hospitals across the nation twice annually to give people an easy-to-use tool for finding the safest care in their communities and to foster strong market incentives for hospitals to make safety a priority. The Hospital Safety Score study bases its final score for each hospital on 30 safety measures used by national measurement and reporting programs. Leapfrog works under the guidance of a seven-member panel of patient safety experts to select measures and to develop a scoring methodology.

For the first time, the latest Leapfrog study included patient experience measures shown in the research to have a relationship to improved patient-safety outcomes. These measures include results of patient surveys covering communication about medicines, communication about discharge, nurse communication, doctor communication, and responsiveness of hospital staff. The study also included two newly added infection- control measures focusing on MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus) and C.difficile infections.

To find more information about individual Hospital Safety Scores and the Hospital Safety Score study, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

 

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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.

 

About AMITA Health

AMITA Health (www.AMITAhealth.org) is an integrated health system serving communities in western and northwestern suburban Chicago. AMITA Health is a Joint Operating Company formed in February 2015 by Adventist Midwest Health, based in Hinsdale, Ill., and Alexian Brothers Health System, based in Arlington Heights, Ill., encompassing nine hospitals and an extensive physician provider network of more than 3,000 physicians. AMITA Health is committed to delivering the most efficient, highest quality, faith-based care possible and respecting the faith traditions of all people.