Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization that is based in Washington, D.C. that uses the shared leverage of large health care purchasers to initiate improvements in safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The organization was founded in 2000 with the support of the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently run by its purchasers and members.

The Alliance and The Leapfrog Group

The Alliance acts as a regional leader on behalf of The Leapfrog Group for the state of Wisconsin. As a partner, we are able to use Leapfrog’s measures within our Find a Doctor website to provide our members with comparative quality information to help them make informed decisions about where to go for health care. We also use the data for our performance-based reimbursement program, which builds incentives into our provider contracts to improve certain areas of care at hospitals.

Hospital Safety Grade

This Year’s Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

A Blue Ribbon Panel of nationally-recognized patient safety experts provides guidance for calculating the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The panel uses 30 measures of public hospital safety data to give hospitals a grade of A, B, C, D or F based on expert analysis of inpatient injuries, infections and medical errors.

Further reading on safety in health care:
Read these tips on how you can make health care safer. The Leapfrog Group also produced this whitepaper on hidden surcharges and this calculator to help you determine what you as an employer pay as a result of hospital errors.

Key National Findings for Spring 2017

  • Of the 2,639 hospitals rated, 823 earned an “A,” 706 earned a “B,” 933 earned a “C,” 167 earned a “D” and 10 earned an “F”.
  • The five states with the highest percentage of “A” hospitals this spring are Maine, Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin and Idaho.

Key Alliance Network Hospital Findings for Spring 2017

  • Out of the 37 hospitals graded within The Alliance network, 27 (73%) received an “A,” three (8%) received a “B,” six (16%) received a “C”, one hospital received a “D” and zero hospitals received an “F.”
  • Additionally, eight hospitals earned the “Straight A” designation: Beaver Dam Community Hospital, Monroe Clinic, UW Health University Hospital, Central DuPage Hospital, Centegra Hospital – McHenry, Finley Hospital, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center and OSF St. Mary Medical Center.
  • Fifty-eight in-network hospitals do not appear on the list, which means not enough data is available to accurately calculate a grade for these hospitals. In most cases, this is because hospitals with designation as a “critical-access hospital” are not required to submit data to CMS, which is one of the sources of the data used in the Leapfrog grades.

The report card for The Alliance in-network hospitals is listed below.

Hospital Name City, State April 2017 Letter Grade
Aspirus Riverview Hospital Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. A
Aspirus Wausau Hospital Wausau, Wis. C
Beaver Dam Community Hospitals, Inc. Beaver Dam, Wis. A
Beloit Memorial Hospital Beloit, Wis. A
Centegra Hospital – McHenry McHenry, Ill. A
Centegra Hospital – Woodstock Woodstock, Ill. A
Central DuPage Hospital Winfield, Ill. A
CGH Medical Center Sterling, Ill. B
Delnor Community Hospital Geneva, Ill. A
FHN Memorial Hospital Freeport, Ill. B
Finley Hospital Dubuque, Iowa A
Fort Memorial Hospital Fort Atkinson, Wis. A
Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center La Crosse, Wis. A
Illinois Valley Community Hospital Peru, Ill. C
Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital Dixon, Ill. C
Kishwaukee Community Hospital DeKalb, Ill. A
Mercy Hospital Janesville, Wis. A
Mercy Medical Center of Dubuque Dubuque, Iowa A
Mercy Medical Center – Clinton Clinton, Iowa A
UnityPoint Health – Meriter Hospital Madison, Wis. A
Monroe Clinic Monroe, Wis. A
Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital Oconomowoc, Wis. A
OSF St. Anthony Medical Center Rockford, Ill. B
OSF St. Elizabeth Medical Center Ottowa, Ill. A
OSF St. Francis Medical Center of Peoria Peoria, Ill. C
OSF St. Joseph Medical Center Bloomington, Ill. A
OSF St. Mary Medical Center Galesburg, Ill. A
Rockford Memorial Hospital Rockford, Ill. C
Saint James Hospital – John W. Albrecht Medical Center Pontiac, Ill. A
St. Agnes Hospital Fond du Lac, Wis. A
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Madison Madison, Wis. A
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Janesville Janesville, Wis. A
Swedish American Hospital Rockford, Ill. C
University of Illinois Hospital & Health Chicago, Ill. D
University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics Madison, Wis. A
Watertown Regional Medical Center Watertown, Wis. A
Waukesha Memorial Hospital Waukesha, Wis. A

For additional information or questions, please contact Jess Ellefson, Alliance project coordinator – health care transformation, at 608.210.6646.

Note: The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade evaluates hospitals on data related to how safe they are for patients. For more information, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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