Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Loyola, Gottlieb again receive 'A' safety scores from The Leapfrog Group

MAYWOOD, Ill. (April 29, 2014) – Loyola University Medical Center and Gottlieb Memorial Hospital have again received “A” hospital safety scores from The Leapfrog Group, a respected, independent industry watchdog.

The Hospital Safety Score rates how well a hospital protects patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.

The Safety Score uses 28 measures of public hospital safety data to produce a single letter grade from “A” to “F.” Loyola and Gottlieb also were awarded “As” in the 2013 spring and fall Hospital Safety Scores. Gottlieb Memorial Hospital is part of Loyola University Health System.

“No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the board, clinicians, administration and staff of Loyola and Gottlieb for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients a top priority,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

To look up hospital safety scores, to find safety tips for patients or to download a free Safety Score app, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

The Leapfrog Group is a national, nonprofit organization that uses the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans.

About Loyola University Health System

Loyola University Health System (LUHS) is a member of Trinity Health. Based in the western suburbs of Chicago, LUHS is a quaternary care system that includes Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC), located on a 61-acre campus in Maywood, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital (GMH), on a 36-acre campus in Melrose Park, and convenient locations offering primary and specialty care services throughout Cook, Will and DuPage counties. At the heart of LUMC is a 547-licensed-bed hospital that houses the Center for Heart & Vascular Medicine, the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center, a Level 1 trauma center, a burn center, a children's hospital, Loyola Outpatient Center, and Loyola Oral Health Center. The campus also is home to Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and the Loyola Center for Fitness. The GMH campus includes a 254-licensed-bed community hospital, a Professional Office Building with 150 private practice clinics, 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.

Trinity Health is one of the largest multi-institutional Catholic health care delivery systems in the nation. It serves people and communities in 22 states from coast to coast with 93 hospitals, and 120 continuing care locations — including home care, hospice, PACE and senior living facilities — that provide nearly 2.5 million visits annually.