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It’s an ‘A’ in Hospital Safety for Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center

Hospital earns highest mark for patient-safety measures

Chicago, Ill. – October 23, 2013 — Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center  received  an ‘A’ in  the Hospital Safety ScoreSM for keeping its patients safe from injuries, infections, medical and medication errors, according to The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog).  The hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by Leapfrog, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

Leapfrog released scores for 2,652 U.S. hospitals.  The medical center was one of only 831 U.S. hospitals and 60 in Illinois to receive an ‘A’ grade on how well its health care workers protect patients from avoidable mishaps. 

“While we are pleased to offer our patients the latest technology and best specialty care available, we are focused on keeping our patients safe,” said Martin Judd, the medical center’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “This ‘A’ rating is indicative of the hospital team’s commitment to providing an environment of safety for patients.”

Leapfrog evaluated the hospitals based on 26 national performance measures of safety, quality, and resource utilization and then issued hospitals letter grades of A, B, C, D or F.  The single grade represents a hospital’s overall success in keeping patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.  Assessment data are publicly available at the national level, including data reported through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Hospital Compare and the Leapfrog Survey, on the Hospital Safety Score website.

The Hospital Safety Score is intended to help the public make informed decisions about patient safety.  The goal of the Safety Score is to reduce the more than 180,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries by publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm. To learn more, about the medical center’s ‘A’ grade, visit leapfroggroup.org.

About Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) is a premier medical center on Chicago's near northwest side and includes the Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., and Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 N. Claremont Ave. The Saint Mary Campus is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital specializes in cardiac care, digestive diseases, emergency services, neuroscience services, obstetrics, primary care, behavioral health and wound healing. PSMEMC ranks No. 18 in the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" in the Chicago metro area. Visit our website at presencehealth.org/stmary-elizabeth.

About Provena Health – Resurrection Health Care, Now Joined as Presence Health
PSMEMC is part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of nearly $3 billion. Visit presencehealth.org to learn more.

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