DOWNERS GROVE, IL--(Marketwired - April 29, 2014) - Advocate Health Care hospitals are being recognized for excellence in patient safety by the Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based, independent industry watchdog organization. The announcement was made today. Leapfrog uses publicly available data on 28 different evidence-based safety measures and assigns letter grades from A to F based on each hospital's success in preventing harm to patients.
Leapfrog posted grades for more than 2,500 hospitals across the country for their efforts to protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. Just 32 percent of those analyzed received an A grade. In Illinois, of the 113 hospitals graded, 64 earned an A.
Advocate Christ Medical Center, Advocate Condell Medical Center, Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital, Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Advocate South Suburban Hospital, Advocate Sherman Hospital, and Advocate Trinity Hospital, all earned an "A."
"Our patients deserve the safest and finest care possible," said Lee Sacks, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer, Advocate Health Care. "This recognition is a tribute to our physicians and clinical teams who are committed to delivering the highest quality of clinical care to those we are privileged to serve."
With avoidable hospital errors the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S., patient safety must be a top priority, Leapfrog officials said.
The recognition comes on the heels of Advocate being named among the nation's top 5 largest health systems by Truven Health Analytics earlier this month. It's the 5th time Advocate has made the list -- one of only two systems in the nation with this distinction.
About Advocate Health Care
Advocate Health Care, named among the nation's Top 5 largest health systems based on quality by Truven Analytics, is the largest health system in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest. Advocate operates more than 250 sites of care, including 12 hospitals that encompass 11 acute care hospitals, the state's largest integrated children's network, five Level I trauma centers (the state's highest designation in trauma care), three Level II trauma centers, one of the area's largest home health care companies and one of the region's largest medical groups. Advocate Health Care trains more primary care physicians and residents at its four teaching hospitals than any other health system in the state. As a not-for-profit, mission-based health system affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the United Church of Christ, Advocate contributed $614 million in charitable care and services to communities across Chicagoland and Central Illinois in 2012.