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Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital awarded highest ranking for patient safety - again

DOWNERS GROVE – Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital once again earned an “A” grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, which today released grades for 2,514 acute-care U.S. hospitals.

Letter grades of A, B, C, D and F are based on each hospital’s levels of infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. Calculated under the guidance of a nine-member panel of patient safety experts, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

Of the 114 hospitals ranked in Illinois, Good Samaritan Hospital is among 48 hospitals to earn an A. There were 39 Bs, 25 Cs, 1 D and 1 F.

“First and foremost, we are a safe clinical enterprise,” said Dr. Chuck Derus, vice president of medical management at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital. “As proud as we are of being recognized as a leader in patient safety, we’re committed to getting even better. Each of us plays an important role in creating a culture where patient safety is the top priority.”

The goal of the Hospital Safety Score, according to The Leapfrog Group, is to reduce the more than 180,000 yearly deaths from hospital errors and injuries by publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm.

“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate Good Samaritan Hospital for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”

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