Bellin Hospital Earns Leapfrog ‘A’ for Patient Safety

Top accolade recognizes commitment to reducing errors, infections, accidents

For the fifth consecutive time, Bellin Hospital has earned an “A” grade for patient safety from national nonprofit The Leapfrog Group.

The organization, which is committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system, last week released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D or F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Bellin was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” grade for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients. Grades are released semiannually.

“Patient safety is critically important, and we take our role in protecting it very seriously,” said Colleen M. O’Brien, RN, Bellin Health Director of System Quality & Redesign. “We are constantly looking for ways to improve and innovate in this area, bringing employee expertise, education and the latest in medical technology to the table to ensure our patients have the best, safest experience possible.”

Earning an “A” grade takes a concerted effort on the part of employees, said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” Binder said. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 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 each year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts and is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Bellin Hospital’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 can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.