TERRE HAUTE, Ind., EFFINGHAM, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) – Terre Haute Regional Hospital and HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital reported Friday that they have been awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, the only area hospitals to receive the watchdog organization’s highest grade.
Leapfrog assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harm to patients in their care. Of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded nationwide, only 33% earned an “A” grade for meeting some of the industry’s highest standards.
Regional received the honor for the 12th consecutive time. This was the second consecutive reporting cohort that St. Anthony’s received the top grade.
“Our medical staff and support teams share a commitment to the care and improvement of human life,” said Elizabeth Mikula, vice president of quality for HCA Healthcare Capital Division, which manages Regional Hospital. “Our hospitals consistently rank among the best in the nation for patient safety because every one of our colleagues is focused on providing world-class care to those in the communities we serve.”
St. Anthony’s Interim President and CEO Mike Janis said, “Achieving this ‘A’ rating for our hospital from The Leapfrog Group is a confirmation of the daily commitment of our colleagues and Medical Staff in the areas of quality and safety, even during an unprecedented time. Part of fulfilling our Mission to provide high quality care to all is our ongoing journey of continuous process improvement on behalf of our patients and their families. I am extremely proud of our team for achieving this ‘A’ rating once again, demonstrating we are always ready to provide patients with the highest quality and safest care possible at St. Anthony’s.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. 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 2,700 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.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your hospital system should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but [these] hospitals shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”