Newswise — (Baltimore, MD) -- Mercy Medical Center has been awarded an “A” in the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Mercy’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
Mercy, which also earned Leapfrog’s “A” safety rating in both the Spring and Fall of 2019, is one of six hospitals in Baltimore to receive an “A,” ranking it among the safest hospitals in the United States.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“It’s always been our mission to provide our patients with quality health care services, delivered in a compassionate setting. To meet this goal successfully, patient safety and well-being are vital, and all the more challenging in this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. To once more receive Leapfrog’s top rating for patient safety is further evidence of Mercy’s commitment to protecting our patients and providing them with the best possible care,” said Dr. David Maine, President and CEO, Mercy Medical Center, Mercy Health Services.
“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Mercy Medical Center. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Mercy was awarded an ‘A’ grade when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To review Mercy’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
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 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade 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.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore, MD, by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a university-affiliated Catholic hospital with a national reputation for women’s health. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on FACEBOOK and TWITTER, or call 1-800-M.D.-Mercy.