2 Cape Girardeau hospitals receive ‘A’ for Fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A Fall 2021

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Southeast Hospital and Saint Francis Medical Center were each awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the organizations’ achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national nonprofit organization that assigns a letter grade to hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“Patient safety is always top of mind throughout our organization,” said SoutheastHEALTH President and CEO Ken Bateman. “Patients who entrust their care to us know that they will be in a safe environment throughout their hospital stay. Our strong record of patient safety, along with our exceptional team of caregivers, also helped prepare us for the COVID-19 and the most challenging time in the history of SoutheastHEALTH.”

Saint Francis Medical Center received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade ‘A’ for the seventh time in a row.

“At Saint Francis, safety is our priority. We deliberately architect a patient care structure with processes that hardwire safety and quality,” said Dr. Maryann Reese, president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System. “For the seventh consecutive time, our Leapfrog Grade ‘A’ affirms our ability to deliver the highest quality healthcare. It is my pleasure to lead a healthcare system with the best patient care outcomes in the nation, designed by our incredible physicians and colleagues.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute care hospitals twice a year.

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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.

To see the complete grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.

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