Bellin Health gets top grade for hospital safety



Bellin Health earned an “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national non-profit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, within which hospitals earn an A, B, C, D or F score based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections.

The score was compiled under the guidance of leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give members of the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

“We encourage patients to be informed and active participants in their health and their health care,” said George Kerwin, Bellin president and CEO. “Leapfrog is a valuable, independent source of information to help guide health care decisions.”

The high grade clearly illustrates Bellin’s dedication to patient safety, a Leapfrog Group official said.

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Bellin Health for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

Bellin’s scores as they compare nationally and locally are available at the Hospital Safety Score website, http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org Calcu.lated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the 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.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (http://www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national non-profit 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.