Contact: Nicole Bollman
STERLING, IL (May 23, 2018) – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, today released the new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. CGH Medical Center was one of 750 awarded an ‘A’ for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
“Not every hospital achieves an ‘A’ rating. We are the only hospital in the Sauk Valley area to achieve an ‘A,’ and also only one in our 50-mile service area to earn that score,” said Dr. Paul Steinke, CGH President and CEO. “Our staff takes great personal pride in this recognition. Their efforts make CGH such a progressive facility.Receiving this high rating shows the importance of our continual efforts to ensure patient safety.”
“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.