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St. Elizabeth gets all ‘A’s’ in safety standards from Leapfrog Group, nonprofit committed to care quality

St. Elizabeth was awarded all A’s from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade.

The designation recognizes St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals throughout the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Florence, and Ft. Thomas all received A grades. This is the 12th consecutive time St. Elizabeth Edgewood has received an A.

“As an organization, St. Elizabeth takes the care and safety of our patients very seriously and we are constantly striving to deliver high-quality care,” said Garren Colvin, President and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Receiving an A grade from Leapfrog for the twelfth consecutive cycle at our Edgewood hospital is indicative of that commitment. We are proud that all three of our qualifying hospitals received an A.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals such as St. Elizabeth that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. 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. Elizabeth Edgewood, Florence, and Ft. Thomas were three of 855 hospitals throughout the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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