Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Receives A Grade in New Hospital Safety Score Data

The Leapfrog Group assigns an “A” to Saint Francis for hospital safety  

(Hartford, Conn. October 23, 2013) Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center has again received an “A” rating Hospital Safety Score℠ from The Leapfrog Group, a national hospital quality watchdog organization.  The Hospital Safety Score℠ for fall 2013 grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from harm and preventable errors.  This is the fourth consecutive “A” rating received by Saint Francis from The Leapfrog Group.  The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. 

Saint Francis was one of three hospitals in the state to receive an “A” grade from Leapfrog in the latest rating for fall 2013, and one of only two to receive the honor twice this year.   Among Connecticut hospitals, 7 received a “B,” 15 received a “C,” one received a “D,” and one received an “F.”     

Saint Francis is committed to patient safety and quality of care,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  “These rankings underscore our commitment to providing world-class care in a truly compassionate setting.” 

Leapfrog worked under the guidance of an eight-member Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Panel, made up of patient safety experts from across the country, to select measures and develop a scoring methodology. The Hospital Safety Score℠ assigns an A, B, C, D or F letter grade to local hospitals on its safety in preventing errors, infections, injuries and medication mix-ups.  Compiled by the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, the goal of the Hospital Safety Score℠ is to reduce the more than 440,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries by publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm.  The Hospital Safety Score℠ empowers patients to make informed decisions about the safety of hospital care. 

This fall, The Leapfrog Group added two additional measures to its previous set of 26 national measures used in the Hospital Safety Score℠: Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection and Surgical Site Infection for Major Colon Surgery. With these 28 measures, The Leapfrog Group calculates a numerical safety score for 2,539 hospitals in the U.S.  The numerical safety score is then converted into one of five letter grades. "A" denotes the best hospital safety performance, followed in order by "B", "C", “D,” and “F.”    

Of the 813 hospitals graded nationally, 32% of the hospitals received an “A” grade, 26% received a “B,” 35% received a “C,” 6% received a “D” and .9% received an “F.”   

For more information on the scoring methodology, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org. 

About Saint Francis Care 

Saint Francis Care is an integrated healthcare delivery system established by Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center, an anchor institution in north central Connecticut since 1897.  Licensed for 617 beds and 65 bassinets, it is a major teaching hospital and the largest Catholic hospital in New England.  Other major entities of Saint Francis Care include The Mount Sinai Rehabilitation Hospital, the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute, the Hoffman Heart and Vascular Institute of Connecticut, the Saint Francis/Mount Sinai Regional Cancer Center, the Joyce D. and Andrew J. Mandell Center for Comprehensive Multiple Sclerosis Care and Neuroscience Research, and Saint Francis HealthCare Partners.  Johnson Memorial Medical Center, parent organization of Johnson Memorial Hospital, Evergreen Health Care Center, and Home and Community Health Services is also a Saint Francis Care Partner.  Saint Francis Care’s services are supported by a network of seven major Access Centers and eight additional medical office centers sited throughout the region.  For more information, visit www.stfranciscare.com.

About The Leapfrog Group 

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans.  The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals.  The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.