Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Loyola receives an 'A' for patient safety

MAYWOOD, Ill. (Nov. 4, 2014) – For the fourth time in a row, Loyola University Medical Center has received an “A” Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group, a respected, independent industry watchdog.

The Hospital Safety Score rates how well a hospital creates and implements systems to protect patients from preventable harm.

Leapfrog assigns safety scores twice a year. Loyola also received an A score in April 2014 and twice in 2013.

Leapfrog assigns Hospital Safety Scores to more than 2,500 hospitals and the score is becoming a gold standard measure of patient safety.

The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.

Taken together, those performance measures produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm. The Hospital Safety Score includes 28 measures and its methodology has been peer reviewed and published in the Journal of Patient Safety.

The Hospital Safety Score was created and is administered by the Leapfrog Group, a national leader and advocate in hospital transparency. The Leapfrog Group is a national not-for-profit organization founded more than a decade ago by the nation’s leading employers and private health-care experts. It strives to make giant “leaps” forward in the safety, quality and affordability of U.S. health care by promoting transparency and value-based hospital incentives.
Loyola’s safety report card is available here.

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.