West Suburban Medical Center and Louis Weiss Memorial Hospital saw their patient safety ratings from the non-profit Leapfrog improve for the first-half of 2019. West Suburban received an A-rating, up from its B previously. Weiss Memorial also improved too, now with a C-rating, up from its old rating of a D. Both hospitals became part of the Pipeline Health System in January 2019.

“These improved patient safety ratings demonstrate that the investments we’ve made are having a positive difference. Our commitment to invest strategically in the right people, policies and care will allow this trend to continue,” said Dr. Richard J. Ruh, the chief medical officer for the Chicago hospitals now part of the Pipeline system. “But we have more work to do, and we will continue to build upon the progress that these hospitals have made in the first part of this year. We hope our elected officials will support our efforts and provide the necessary resources and approvals to get this done.”

The biannual safety grade is the latest sign that the hospitals are beginning to turn around, and a strategic plan is in place to improve Weiss’ grade in the coming months. As members of the Pipeline Health System, they have seen significant investments in their medical care and infrastructure. Both have new electronic medical records systems being implemented, replacing the current, archaic systems from two owners ago.

Earlier this week, Weiss Memorial announced it opened a new outpatient behavioral health program. The new outpatient program will initially have the capacity to serve 14-24 clients at any one time in either one of two settings: Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) and Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). This outpatient program will expand Weiss Hospital’s inpatient acute behavioral health services.