SwedishAmerican Hospital awarded ‘A’ for patient safety

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Rockford’s SwedishAmerican Hospital, 1401 E. State St., was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Hospital Safety Scores (A, B, C, D or F) are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

SwedishAmerican works hard to maintain its position as the ‘quality leader’ among health systems in northern Illinois,” said Dr. Kathleen Kelly, SwedishAmerican’s chief medical officer and chief quality officer. “Providing a safe environment for our patients is our top priority, and our performance in this area is reflected in this national distinction.”

Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, added: “Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community. I congratulate SwedishAmerican Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see SwedishAmerican Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information about how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospital scores also are available on a free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

SwedishAmerican is a not-for-profit, locally governed health care system with headquarters in Rockford. The health system is composed of two hospitals, 30 clinics, a home health care agency, a foundation and has an exclusive affiliation with UW Health in northern Illinois.

Posted Nov. 29, 2012

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