The Leapfrog Group designates Saint Francis a “Straight A” hospital for seven consecutive top-grade rankings
(Hartford, Conn. April 30, 2015) – Saint Francis Care has again received an “A” rating
Hospital Safety Score℠ from
The Leapfrog Group, a national
hospital quality watchdog organization.
Saint Francis is one of only two
Connecticut hospitals to receive “Straight A” recognition since the program’s
inception in 2012. Leapfrog has also
cited the 182 hospitals nationwide that have consistently received an A grade
for safety with a “Straight A’s” logo on its Hospital Safety Score website.
In addition to Saint Francis, three
other Connecticut hospitals earned the highest A rating in the most recent
review; three hospitals received “B” ratings; 18 a “C” rating; and one a “D”
rating. Across the country, 782 hospitals received an “A” grade.
Of the 26 Connecticut hospitals
scored, 21 stayed the same, two improved, and three worsened.
An A grade is one of the most
meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable
indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital
Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the
guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The
Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and
only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient
Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers
information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a
The Hospital Safety Score℠ for 2015 grades hospitals on their overall
performance in keeping patients safe from harm and preventable errors.
The grades are derived from analysis of publicly available data using 28
evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety.
“Saint Francis has implemented
numerous patient safety and quality initiatives ranging from daily Safety
Huddles and implementation of a high reliability training program, to
perioperative checklist training to help ensure maximum safety, “ said Christopher
M. Dadlez, President and CEO, Saint Francis. “This recognition from Leapfrog underscores that
the approaches we are taking to improving patient safety are working. We will
continue to focus on providing world-class care in a truly compassionate
“Saint Francis’ achievement of Straight A’s validates its achievement in
preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts
of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The
Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety
requires constant vigilance, and we encourage Saint Francis and all other A
hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by
consistently working to provide a safe environment for care.”
Leapfrog works 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.
For more information on the scoring methodology, visit
About Saint Francis Care
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
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog
Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps
forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship
Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital
performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving
consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The
Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades
to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect
themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.