Denver, CO — October 31, 2017 — The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Swedish Medical Center was among the 832 awarded an "A" for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.
"Straight A's are to be commended! These impressive safety grades represent collaborative work by our entire system and the true culmination of our mission, which is that above all else, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life," said Sylvia Young, President and CEO of HealthONE. "Leapfrog's safety grade demonstrates the attention we place on quality with every patient, every day and is a testament to the thousands of employees and physicians who put our patients first."
"It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An "A" Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of the entire HealthONE system for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first."
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see the full scores for Swedish Medical Center and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.
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.
HealthONE is the largest healthcare system in the metro Denver area with more than 10,000 employees. As part of the HealthONE system of care, The Medical Center of Aurora, North Suburban Medical Center, Presbyterian/St. Luke's Medical Center, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children, Rose Medical Center, Sky Ridge Medical Center, Swedish Medical Center, and Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital work together to provide a higher level of care. In addition, our family of services includes seven hospital free-standing emergency departments and numerous ambulatory surgery centers, CareNow urgent care and occupational medicine clinics, physician practices, imaging centers, and AIRLIFE-DENVER, which provides critical care air and ground transportation across a 10-state region. And, as one of the top ten corporate philanthropists in the metro area, HealthONE contributed more than $1.5 million in 2016 and supports over 150 organizations through cash and in-kind donations.