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Loyola Earns an “A” in Patient Safety

MAYWOOD, Ill. - Loyola University Medical Center has received an “A” Hospital Safety score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, a member of Loyola University Health System, also received an A.

The A scores were awarded in the latest update to The Hospital Safety Score™, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. It is the first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013).

“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.

Larry Goldberg, president and CEO of Loyola University Health System, said: “We are very gratified to receive this recognition of our efforts to protect patient safety. Patients are at the center of who we are and what we do. The impact on patient quality and safety is core to how we make decisions with our organization."

The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel. It uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. Leapfrog’s expert panel includes: John Birkmeyer, University of Michigan; Ashish Jha, Harvard University; Arnold Millstein, Stanford University; Peter Pronovost, Johns Hopkins University; Patrick Romano, University of California, Davis; Sara Singer, Harvard University; Tim Vogus, Vanderbilt University; and Robert Wachter, University of California, San Francisco.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system with a 61-acre main medical center campus, the 36-acre Gottlieb Memorial Hospital campus and more than 30 primary and specialty care facilities in Cook, Will and DuPage counties. The medical center campus is conveniently located in Maywood, 13 miles west of the Chicago Loop and 8 miles east of Oak Brook, Ill. The heart of the medical center campus is a 559-licensed-bed hospital that houses a Level 1 Trauma Center, a Burn Center and the Ronald McDonald® Children's Hospital of Loyola University Medical Center. Also on campus are the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, Loyola Outpatient Center, Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine and Loyola Oral Health Center as well as the LUC Stritch School of Medicine, the LUC Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. Loyola's Gottlieb campus in Melrose Park includes the 255-licensed-bed community hospital, the Professional Office Building housing 150 private practice clinics, the Adult Day Care, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park.

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