Top Grade for Safety

Rush Oak Park Hospital Receives ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog Group

Oct. 31, 2016 - (Oak Park, Ill.) Keeping patients safe while they’re in the hospital is as crucial to their health as providing effective treatments, and for the third time, Rush Oak Park Hospital has received an "A" grade for safety from the Leapfrog Group. The fall 2016 grades were announced on October 31.

Leapfrog used 30 measures of publicly available hospital data to assign scores of A, B, C, D or F.  The score represents each hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections while they are in the hospital.

Leapfrog’s grading also incorporates measures of patient experience that contribute to improved patient safety outcomes. Taken from results of patient surveys, these measures include patients’ communication with their doctors and nurses, communications about medicine and hospital discharge, and the responsiveness of hospital staff.

“Patient safety is a top priority at Rush Oak Park Hospital,” said Cynthia Fisch, RN, MBA, MPH, director of quality management at the hospital. “Receiving an A grade reflects the outstanding efforts of everyone at the hospital.”

“The A grade indicates that we’ve created a culture of safety at Rush Oak Park Hospital unparalleled to any hospital in the area. It also demonstrates the commitment and the dedication of the medical, nursing and professional staff,” said Bruce Elegant, president and CEO. “The A grade also establishes a level of confidence for our patients that care provided at Rush Oak Park Hospital adheres to the highest quality and safety standards.”

A-Level Care Saves Lives
An analysis conducted for Leapfrog found that an estimated 206,021 avoidable deaths occur in hospitals in the United States each year, and that an estimated 33,439 lives could be saved annually if all hospitals performed as well as A-rated hospitals such as Rush Oak Park Hospital. Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality provided the analysis, which also found that the risk of avoidable death was 9 percent higher in B hospitals than A hospitals, and rose to 35 percent higher in C hospitals and 50 percent higher in D and F hospitals.

The Leapfrog Group compiles the Hospital Safety Score under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety in order to provide the public with information that people can use to protect themselves and their families. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

To see Rush's scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website.