July 2012

Northwest Community Hospital among the nation's best in patient safety

Northwest Community Hospital (NCH) has been recognized among the nation's best when it comes to excellence in keeping patients safe during a hospital stay. NCH received the highest distinction of an "A" grading from The LeapFrog Group's Hospital Safety ScoreSM, a first-of-its kind initiative that aims to make hospital safety measures and compliance transparent. The LeapFrog Group is an independent national non-profit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Of the 108 acute care hospitals evaluated in Illinois, NCH is among the 49 hospitals to earn the highest mark with the "A" letter grade for high performance in safe patient care. The Hospital Safety Score is a single score product compiled from 26 publicly reported measures of hospital safety data including rates of infection and injury, as well as preventable medical and medication errors.

In addition to patient safety data, the Hospital Safety Score takes into consideration a hospital's leadership and organizational structure, nursing excellence, and the care initiatives in place to maintain quality care.

At NCH, physicians and hospital staff routinely review the best practices in safe patient care, which has resulted in the development of many patient safety and quality care initiatives. One example is medication safety. Mechanisms have been put in place to capture, monitor and accurately document a patient's complete list of medications at both admission and time of discharge. Other initiatives include an ongoing effort to maintain hand hygiene, and a focus on safe central line insertion and maintenance.

With a strong team-based approach to maintaining a high level of quality care across all clinical areas, NCH physicians, clinicians and support staff have established a safe care environment for patients and their families, while also creating a safe workplace setting to practice medicine.

For more information about The LeapFrog Group's Hospital Safety ScoreSM, click here.