Mercy Medical Center Earns ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group

SPRINGFIELD — Once again, Mercy Medical Center has earned an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog that sets standards for excellence in patient care.

Leapfrog assigns an ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D,’ or ‘F’ grade to general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures, reflecting errors, accidents, injuries, and infections, as well as the systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. This is Mercy’s second consecutive ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog and its sixth in the last seven marking periods.

“This remarkable achievement is the direct result of a team effort throughout Mercy Medical Center, where our outstanding clinical providers and dedicated support staff work together to provide safe, high-quality care in every patient encounter,” said Dr. Robert Roose, president of Mercy Medical Center and Johnson Memorial Hospital.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program exclusively based on hospital prevention of medical errors, infections, and injuries that kill more than 500 patients a day nationally. The program is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“Earning an ‘A’ grade means Mercy Medical Center made a true commitment to put patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the leadership, board, clinicians, staff, and volunteers that all had a role to play in this achievement.”