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 www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
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
|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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