St. Mary's Hospital-Centralia Named Top Illinois Hospital for Patient Safety

SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital in Centralia has been named one of the thirty-seven Illinois hospitals designated with the highest grade for patient safety in the latest Leapfrog Group assessment. Leapfrog, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, grades acute-care hospitals across the country twice annually on 30 patient safety measures. The assessment does not include children's hospitals.

"I am proud that one of the local hospitals in our area has been designated as a top hospital for patient safety," said Rep. John Cavaletto (R-Salem).

Of the 107 Illinois hospitals included in the current survey, 37 earned an A grade. Nationally, Illinois is No. 15 this spring, up from No. 26 in fall 2017. Leapfrog calculates national rankings based on the percentage of A's in each state.

The survey uses data from the federal government and from the American Hospital Association to produce a letter grade representing a hospital's overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors, according to Leapfrog.

"With more than 200,000 people dying due to errors in hospitals every year, communities must be vigilant in monitoring the safety records of their local facilities," Leah Binder, CEO of Leapfrog Group, said in a statement announcing the grades.

Leapfrog includes only hospitals that respond to its surveys. If a hospital does not have enough data available for all the measures in the survey, it is excluded from the report.

Please click HERE to read the full Crain's Chicago Business article and see the full list of Illinois hospitals that received an A for spring 2018.

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