West Suburban Medical Center Earns ‘Straight A’s’ in Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Score

OAK PARK, IL  June 16, 2015 – West Suburban Medical Center (West Suburban) has been recognized as a “Straight A’s Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group. This distinction places West Suburban in an elite group of only 182 hospitals in the entire nation to have achieved straight A’s in the Hospital Safety Score since the initiative was launched in June of 2012.

In the most recent, Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, West Suburban was awarded another A grade for its dedication to patient safety.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade.

An A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, non-profit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“The “Straight A” score is an achievement West Suburban Medical Center wears proudly,” said Roslyn Lennon, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer. “This is an accomplishment, which comes from years of dedication to quality care. Our team of skilled and compassionate care providers has built a culture of safety at West Suburban. We are excited to share our achievement with Oak Park and surrounding areas. We will continue to care for the communities we serve with patient safety and satisfaction being a part of our organizational DNA.”

“West Suburban Medical Center’s achievement of Straight A’s validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage West Suburban and all other A hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently working to provide a safe environment for care.”

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see West Suburban Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter . Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national non-profit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American healthcare. 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 Hospital Safety Score, 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.