Washington, DC – Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City was honored with an "A" Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.
"We are very pleased to be awarded this accolade by the Leapfrog Group, a prominent national health care quality and patient safety organization," said Jim Callaghan, MD, president of Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City. "This is the latest in a steady stream of national quality of care awards for Franciscan St Anthony Health. We have an outstanding patient care team, we are committed to our Mission, and our communities can rest assured that we deliver the highest quality of care, close to home."
"It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first."
To see Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
About Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City
Franciscan St. Anthony Health – Michigan City has received several prestigious, nationally recognized awards, including the "Stand Up for Patient Safety" award from the National Patient Safety Foundation, the Anthem Successful Practice Award and the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. These awards are a testament to the high quality and compassionate care given to patients every day at Franciscan St. Anthony Health. www.FranciscanStAnthony.org