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A dozen St. Louis area hospitals score A's in safety ranking

A dozen St. Louis area hospitals score A's in safety ranking

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Missouri’s statewide ranking for hospital safety rose this year to 20th in the nation from 26th last fall, while neighboring Illinois’ dipped to 23rd this year from 15th last fall, according to a new report by an independent nonprofit group focused on health care.

The report, released Wednesday by The Leapfrog Group, assigned grades to hospitals across the country for patient safety and then ranked states based on the percentage of their hospitals that earned A’s.

In Missouri, 22 of the 59 hospitals graded, or 37.3 percent, received A’s. In Illinois, 38 of the 113 hospitals graded, or 33.6 percent, received A’s. No hospital in Missouri or Illinois received an F.

Leapfrog calculates hospitals’ grades based on a number of measures, including the rates of hospital-associated infections, patient falls, accidental punctures and lacerations, deaths from treatable complications after surgery and physician staffing in intensive care units, among others. To see individual hospitals’ grades, go to

Danny Chun, a spokesman for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, said patients shouldn’t put too much stock in any one rating or ranking. He called Leapfrog’s overall ranking a “crude measure” of hospital safety.

“We welcome information that can help consumers make decisions, but as always we recommend consumers and patients not rely on any one source of data or report, that they look at multiple sources, multiple reports and obviously talk to your doctor,” Chun said.

He noted that there were many reports and rankings of hospitals done by a number of different groups, all with different methodologies. One hospital might earn top marks on one report but not another.

“There is no gold standard or holy grail of measures yet,” Chun said.

A dozen hospitals in the St. Louis area received A’s: Alton Memorial Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County, Des Peres Hospital, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, Mercy Hospital Washington, Mercy Hospital Jefferson, Progress West (O’Fallon, Ill.), St. Luke’s (Chesterfield), SSM Health St. Joseph (both Lake Saint Louis and St. Charles locations), SSM Health St. Mary’s (Richmond Heights) and SSM Health St. Clare (Fenton).

Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for St. Louis Area Hospitals

Hospital Address ZIP code Grade
St. Alexius Hospital 3933 South Broadway 63118 C
SSM Health SLU Hospital 3635 Vista Avenue 63110 C
Christian Hospital Northeast 11133 Dunn Road 63136 C
Barnes-Jewish Hospital 1 Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza 63110 C
SSM Health St. Mary's 6420 Clayton Road 63117 A
St. Anthony's Medical Center 10010 Kennerly Road 63128 C
Mercy Hospital Jefferson 1400 U.S. Highway 61 South 63019 A
SSM Health DePaul 12303 DePaul Drive 63044 C
Mercy Hospital St. Louis 615 S. New Ballas Road 63141 A
Missouri Baptist Medical Center 3015 N. Ballas Road 63131 C
Des Peres Hospital 2345 Dougherty Ferry Road 63122 A
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital 12634 Olive Boulevard 63141 A
SSM HealthSt. Clare 1015 Bowles Avenue 63026 A
SSM Health St. Joseph St. Charles 300 First Capitol Drive 63301 A
St. Luke's Hospital 232 S. Woods Mill Road 63017 A
Barnes-Jewish St. Peters 10 Hospital Drive 63376 C
Progress West HealthCare Center 2 Progress Point Parkway 63368 A
SSM Health St. Joseph Lake Saint Louis 100 Medical Plaza 63367 A
SSM Health St. Joseph Wentzville 500 Medical Drive 63385 C
Mercy Hospital Washington 901 E. Fifth Street 63090 A
OSF Saint Anthony's HealthCenter 1 St. Anthonys Way 62002 C
Gateway Regional Medical Center 2100 Madison Avenue 63040 C
Alton Memorial Hospital 1 Memorial Drive 62002 A
St. Mary's Hospital Centralia Illinois 400 N. Pleasant Avenue 62801 A
HSHS St. Joseph's Hospital Breese 9515 Holy Cross Lane 62230 A
St. Elizabeths of Belleville 211 S. Third Street 62220 C
Memorial Hospital 4500 Memorial 62226 B
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