West Suburban Medical Center (West Suburban) received the top grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score. West Suburban continues to be a “Straight A’s” hospital as this is the hospital’s 9th consecutive “A” score. Only an elite group of hospitals in the entire nation have achieved straight A’s in the Hospital Safety Score since the initiative was launched in June of 2012.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses process and structural measures as well as outcome measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2016, with 44 percent receiving a C grade or lower.  

An A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“The 9th consecutive A score is an achievement West Suburban Medical Center wears proudly,” said Roslyn Lennon, RN, MSN, Chief Nursing Officer. “This is an accomplishment, which comes from years of dedication to quality care. Our team of skilled and compassionate providers has built a culture of safety at West Suburban. We are excited to share our achievement with Oak Park and surrounding areas. Patient safety and satisfaction truly are a part of our organization’s DNA.”

“We are very proud that West Suburban’s unrelenting commitment to our patients has been recognized by a well-known, independent organization,” said Patrick Maloney, CEO. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance and the 9th consecutive A in patient safety score highlights the tireless commitment of our staff and physicians to providing our patients with care that is safe and of the highest quality.”  

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

About The Leapfrog Group 

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative; assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

About West Suburban Medical Center

West Suburban Medical Center is a 234-bed teaching hospital located in Oak Park, Ill. and accredited by The Joint Commission. More than 300 physician specialists offer a comprehensive array of advanced inpatient, outpatient and surgical services at West Suburban Medical Center and the River Forest Medical Campus in River Forest, Ill. West Suburban Medical Center is a leader in robotic and minimally invasive surgery, natural birthing and obstetrics, emergency medicine, cancer care, gastroenterology and rehabilitation. The hospital is a certified Chest Pain Center, a Primary Stroke Center and is accredited by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons. West Suburban Medical Center has received straight A’s from the Leapfrog Group for the Hospital Safety Score. West Suburban Medical Center is owned by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, a leading health care services company, which through its subsidiaries operates 20 short-stay surgical hospitals, 84 acute care hospitals, 470+ outpatient centers nationwide, in addition to 9 facilities in the UK. 

www.westsubmc.com

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