JPH Awarded an "A" in Hospital Safety!
Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center Excels in Patient Safety - Awarded an "A" in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score
Chicago, Illinois, April 29, 2014 – Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored Jackson Park Hospital with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group(Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
William Dorsey, M.D., CEO, of the hospital said “Jackson Park Hospital takes patient safety seriously and is dedicated to finding ways to enhance quality of care and create a safe environment. We want to ensure that patients receive the right care, at the right time, in the right place.”
“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of you patients your top priority.”
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
To see how Jackson Park Hospital’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), 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 purchasers and other members.
About Jackson Park Hospital
Built in 1920 as an extension of the Veterans Administration Hospital System, Jackson Park Hospital has served the South Shore community for nearly 100 years. Over the past five years JPH has made several significant improvements to patient care and safety. In the summer of 2009, the hospital opened their newly constructed, thirty thousand square foot Medical Office Building. The building was designated LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2012 Jackson Park Hospital opened a brand new, state of the art Labor and Delivery area and a completely remodeled inpatient unit. In the summer of 2014, the hospital will open a totally renovated, state of the art maternity unit and level II nursery. Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center takes pride in providing quality care to patients in our community and appreciates the recognition by the Leapfrog Group.