Rush-Copley Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety ScoreSM
Aurora, IL – Rush-Copley was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an “A, B, C, D, or F” for their safety. For this initial release of scores, no letter grade lower than a “C” has been given, although Leapfrog has said that a “pending” score means that the grade would have been a “D or F.”
Only 27 percent of hospitals in the country earned an “A” score, and Rush-Copley was the only hospital in the greater Fox Valley region to receive an “A.”
“We are pleased to be recognized by Leapfrog for our strong culture of safety,” said Barry C. Finn, president and CEO of Rush-Copley. “Rush-Copley physicians and staff work every day to improve the quality of service and care they provide – care that’s delivered with the highest standards of safety.”
Rush-Copley, a quality leader among Chicagoland area hospitals, exceeds national benchmarks for many quality and safety measures in areas such as heart attack, surgical improvement and stroke care. In addition, Rush-Copley holds more accreditations and disease specific certifications than any other area hospital and has earned disease-specific certifications from the Joint Commission in maternal/fetal medicine and newborn care; stroke care and total joint replacement.
“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
“We congratulate the hospitals that earned an “A” and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”
To see Rush-Copley’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).
About Rush-Copley Medical Center
Rush-Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL, is a 210-bed hospital providing health and wellness services to the greater Fox Valley community. Nearly 500 physicians and 2,000 clinical and professional staff members provide advanced medicine and extraordinary care to patients. Rush-Copley is a member of the Rush-System for Health.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.