Northwest Community Healthcare (NCH) received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction recognizes NCH’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital.
“NCH teammates have joined together to maintain the highest standards in patient safety and healthcare quality. This culture is collectively shared by everyone at NCH, and is also demonstrated throughout NorthShore University HealthSystem. This continues to be a collective effort of everyone in this organization serving community focused care,” said NCH Chief Medical Officer and Executive Vice President, Tom Oryszczak, D.O. “We’ve learned that even through great adversity, our commitment to quality and safety is unwavering.”
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of NCH for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire healthcare workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”
To see NCH’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter.