Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center Receives “A” Grade in Leapfrog Group’s Latest Hospital Safety Score℠

The Leapfrog Group assigns an “A” to Saint Francis for hospital safety – the only Connecticut hospital to receive consistent “A” grades since the program’s inception 

(Hartford, Conn. April 29, 2014)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. 

This is the 5th consecutive “A” rating received by Saint Francis from The Leapfrog Group. Saint Francis was one of two hospitals in the state to receive an “A” grade from Leapfrog in the latest rating for spring 2014, and the only hospital to receive the A rating in both the fall and spring. Among the 25 Connecticut hospitals, 8 received a “B,” 13 received a “C,” one received a “D,” and one received an “F.”  Scores went down for four hospitals, while three hospitals improved their scores.     

The grades are derived from analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. The Hospital Safety Score℠ for spring 2014 grades 2,600 hospitals across the country on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from harm and preventable errors. 

“Saint Francis’ commitment to patient safety and quality of care is reflected in this fifth consecutive ‘A’ rating – an achievement unique to our Hospital,” said Christopher M. Dadlez, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  “We take great pride in providing high-quality, safe care for our patients at all times.

The Hospital Safety Score℠ grades general acute care hospitals on how safe they are for patients and assigns an A, B, C, D or F letter grade to hospitals across the country for 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.

The scores are calculated from an analysis derived from a group of 28 measures. Of the measures, 15 are process- or structure-related and contribute to 50% of the score; 13 are outcome-based and contribute to the remaining 50% of the score.  Leapfrog uses data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), as well as AHA Annual Survey information.  Each measure is weighted on strength of evidence of the measure, opportunity for use of the measure, and potential for the measure to impact the care for many patients.  The weighted score for each hospital is then translated into a letter grade

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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 

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.