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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) Receives Second Consecutive 'A' Safety Grade from Leapfrog

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MAYWOOD, IL—Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) received its second consecutive ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade, considered the “gold measure” of patient safety, is a letter grade assigned to 2,600 general, acute-care hospitals across the country based on how well the hospital protects its patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

In addition to receiving the highest possible rating in the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, LUMC also received an ‘A’ grade for fall 2019. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned biannually in the fall and spring.

"Safety is the number one priority for Loyola Medicine," says Tad A. Gomez, RPh, MS, FASHP, president of LUMC. "Maintaining a safe environment for our patients, their families, our clinicians and all whom we serve is a crucial step in fulfilling our mission. I am especially proud that Loyola University Medical Center received an ‘A’ for the second consecutive reporting period."

“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work for Loyola University Medical Center. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, comprised of some of the nation’s leading quality and patient safety experts, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. 

In addition to the ‘A’ Safety Grade, Leapfrog named LUMC one of the nation’s 120 Top Teaching Hospitals in 2019. Less than 6% of eligible hospitals (just eight in Illinois) received this prestigious designation. In addition, the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) designated LUMC an Antimicrobial Stewardship Center of Excellence (CoE). One of only 78 U.S. hospitals and health care systems received this honor, which recognizes institutions that have created stewardship programs led by infectious disease physicians and pharmacists that are “of the highest quality and have achieved standards aligned with evidence-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention national guidelines.”

In 2019, LUMC was again ranked among top five hospitals in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report, with four nationally ranked specialties: neurology and neurosurgery (28th), gastroenterology and GI surgery (33rd), cardiology and heart surgery (39th) and urology (41st). Five Loyola specialties are high performing: cancer, geriatrics, nephrology, orthopaedics, pulmonology and lung surgery.

About Loyola Medicine and Trinity Health

Loyola Medicine, a member of Trinity Health, is a quaternary care system based in the western suburbs of Chicago that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), Gottlieb Memorial Hospital, MacNeal Hospital and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services from 1,877 physicians throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital in Maywood that includes the William G. and Mary A. Ryan Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, Illinois's largest burn center, a certified comprehensive stroke center and a children’s hospital. Having delivered compassionate care for over 50 years, Loyola also trains the next generation of caregivers through its teaching affiliation with Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine and Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing. Gottlieb is a 247-licensed-bed community hospital in Melrose Park with 150 physician offices, an adult day care program, the Gottlieb Center for Fitness, the Loyola Center for Metabolic Surgery and Bariatric Care and the Loyola Cancer Care & Research at the Marjorie G. Weinberg Cancer Center at Melrose Park. MacNeal Hospital is a 374-bed teaching hospital in Berwyn with advanced inpatient and outpatient medical, surgical and psychiatric services, advanced diagnostics and treatments. MacNeal has a 12-bed acute rehabilitation unit, a 25-bed inpatient skilled nursing facility, and a 68-bed behavioral health program and community clinics. MacNeal has provided quality, patient-centered care to the near west suburbs since 1919.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic healthcare systems in the nation, serving diverse communities that include more than 30 million people across 22 states. Trinity Health includes 92 hospitals, as well as 109 continuing care locations that include PACE programs, senior living facilities and home care and hospice services. Its continuing care programs provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually. Based in Livonia, Mich., and with annual operating revenues of $18.3 billion and assets of $26.2 billion, the organization returns $1.1 billion to its communities annually in the form of charity care and other community benefit programs. Trinity employs about 129,000 colleagues, including 7,800 employed physicians and clinicians. Committed to those who are poor and underserved in its communities, Trinity is known for its focus on the country's aging population. As a single, unified ministry, the organization is the innovator of Senior Emergency Departments, the largest not-for-profit provider of home health care services—ranked by number of visits—in the nation, as well as the nation’s leading provider of PACE (Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly) based on the number of available programs.