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Published on April 24, 2018

Rush System Hospitals Continue to Receive Top Grades for Patient Safety

All three hospitals in Rush System again given As by The Leapfrog Group

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

For the fourth consecutive time, all three Rush System hospitals — Rush University Medical Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush Copley Medical Center — have received an ‘A’ grade for patient safety, the best possible, from the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit patient safety watchdog organization. Leapfrog announced the latest of its twice-yearly safety grades today, awarding A grades to 750 hospitals out of the 2,479 in the United States that it evaluated for their commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.

Rush University Medical Center in Chicago and Rush Copley Medical Center in west suburban Aurora now have received A grades each of the 13 times the Leapfrog Group has rated hospitals since June 2012 — putting them among an exclusive group of 49 (2 percent) of the hospitals receiving grades that have earned the top score every time. Rush Oak Park Hospital, in the near west suburb Oak Park, received its fourth consecutive A and its sixth overall. Rush Copley is also the only hospital in the Fox Valley area to achieve straight As.

“Protecting our patients from harm is ingrained in our strong culture of safety at Rush Copley,” said Barry C. Finn, president and CEO of Rush Copley and executive vice president of the Rush system. “We continually strive to provide the highest standards of safety and compassion to our patients. These ratings are a result of the extraordinary care and commitment of each and every member of the Rush System.”

“Many patients aren’t even aware that medical safety is a consideration when choosing a hospital, and they shouldn’t need to worry about it. At Rush, we understand that providing safe medical care is essential to providing excellent medical care, and we put a great deal of work and thought into safeguarding our patients,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of the Rush System. Goodman also is CEO of Rush University Medical Center. “The ‘A’ grades for safety that our hospitals have received from Leapfrog repeatedly demonstrate that we’ve succeeded at providing care at a very high level of safety consistently for a long time across our entire system. It’s a great achievement for Rush and more importantly for the benefit of our patients.”

“Only a very select group of hospitals nationally continue to earn an A Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade year after year. It shows an unbroken commitment to protecting patients from preventable errors and accidents that harm and even kill too many people in our country every day,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Rush University Medical Center’s programs to promote patient safety set aggressive targets for ongoing improvement. Rush’s Good Catch program each month honors staff members who have identified a process issue that has the potential of harming a patient and implements changes to resolve those issues.

A-level care saves lives

Leapfrog used 27 measures of publicly available hospital data to assign scores of A, B, C, D or F. The score represents each hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections while they are in the hospital.

An analysis conducted for Leapfrog found that an estimated 206,021 avoidable deaths occur in hospitals in the United States each year, and that an estimated 33,439 lives could be saved annually if all hospitals performed as well as A-rated hospitals such as Rush University Medical Center. The study also found that the risk of avoidable death was 9 percent higher in B hospitals than A hospitals, and rose to 35 percent higher in C hospitals and 50 percent higher in D and F hospitals. Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality provided the analysis in the spring of 2016, using that cycle’s round of safety grade data.

The Leapfrog Group compiles the Hospital Safety Score under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety in order to provide the public with information that people can use to protect themselves and their families.

To see the Rush hospitals’ scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Grade website.

About Rush Copley
Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora, IL, is a 210-bed hospital that serves the greater Fox Valley area. Over 500 physicians and 2,500 clinical and professional staff members provide advanced medicine and extraordinary care to patients. Rush Copley is part of Rush, an academic health system comprising Rush University Medical Center, Rush Copley Medical Center and Rush Oak Park Hospital.

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.


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