Franciscan Health Munster has earned an ‘A’ for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, a hospital safety ratings organization, which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide in an effort to provide a complete picture of patient safety in the U.S.
The hospital was one of 844 nationwide to receive the top grade, ranking it as one of the safest in the country, according to Leapfrog.
Patrick Maloney, hospital president and chief executive officer, was pleased with the news.
“I am extremely proud to see the great and high-quality services provided by our physicians and staff at Franciscan Health Munster recognized by the Leapfrog Group with an ‘A’ rating,” he said.
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” added Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice annually. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To view Franciscan Health Munster’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers also can download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
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 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.