Kansas City, December 21, 2020 – St. Mary’s Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing St. Mary’s Medical Center’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harms to patients in their care.
“Quality along with great customer service is a top priority of St. Mary’s Medical Center and doing it consistently is what sets us apart from other hospitals,” said Drew Grossman, CEO of St. Mary’s Medical Center. Our staff understands the importance of providing this exceptional care from start to finish, and it’s proven with our customers’ confidence who know that when they need medical assistance, they come to us each and every time.”
“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for St. Mary’s Medical Center. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”
Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
St. Mary’s Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see St. Mary’s Medical Center’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org, and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
In addition to a Leapfrog ‘A’, St. Mary’s Medical Center is also a recipient of the Healthgrades 2020 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM.
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 forward in the quality and safety of American health care.
About St. Mary’s Medical Center
St. Mary’s Medical Center is a faith-based, 146-bed teaching hospital located in Blue Springs, Missouri, providing a wide range of acute care and outpatient services from a 24-hour Emergency Department to state-of-the-art imaging and cardiovascular care. Key services include the St. Mary’s Heart Center, Stroke Center, Breast Center, Wound Center, Joint and Spine Institute and Surgical Institutes, and Inpatient Rehabilitation Center. It is a member of Prime Healthcare, an award-winning national hospital system with 45 acute-care hospitals providing nearly 45,000 jobs in 14 states. For more information, call 816-228-5900 or visit stmaryskc.com.