St. Clair Health Awarded ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group for Spring 2023
PITTSBURGH, PA (May 3, 2023) – National nonprofit organization The Leapfrog Group announced today its Hospital Safety Grades for Spring 2023, with St. Clair Health being recognized with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade. Receiving the highest grade for patient safety during this time period is particularly notable, as it reflects hospital performance primarily during the height of the pandemic.
“At St. Clair Health, patient safety remains our highest priority. So we are pleased The Leapfrog Group continues to recognize our organization’s performance in patient safety with consistently high grades,” said John Sullivan MD. “This national distinction acknowledges our exceptional team members for their relentless commitment to prioritizing patient safety, as well as the systems we have in place to protect patients from harm.”
Since 2012, The Leapfrog Group has assigned a biannual A, B, C, D, or F grade for nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide based on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public so consumers can quickly assess the safety of their local hospitals. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on prevention of medical errors and harm to patients.
“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But St. Clair Health received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”
This ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade adds to St. Clair Health’s growing list of accolades in recent years. St. Clair Health was recently named one of just six hospitals in Pennsylvania and the only hospital in the region to be awarded both the 2023 Patient Safety Excellence Award™ and 2023 Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ from Healthgrades. Additionally, St. Clair Health was one of only two hospitals in the region to receive a five-star quality rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in 2022.
About St. Clair Health
St. Clair Health is a nationally recognized, integrated health system with more than 2,500 employees and 600 physicians serving 500,000 residents of the region. It encompasses St. Clair Hospital; St. Clair Medical Group—a 135-physician multispecialty group; St. Clair Health Foundation; and other related entities. In 2016, St. Clair Health became a member of Mayo Clinic Care Network. As a leader in high value healthcare, it participates with all major insurers. For more information, visit: www.stclair.org.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.