MAYWOOD, IL—Gottlieb Memorial Hospital received its sixth consecutive ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade, considered the “gold measure” of patient safety, is a letter grade assigned to 2,600 general, acute-care hospitals across the country based on how well the hospital protects its patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
In addition to receiving the highest possible rating in the Spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois, part of Loyola Medicine, also received an ‘A’ for the previous five rating periods. Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are assigned biannually in the fall and spring.
"Safety is the number one priority for Gottlieb Memorial Hospital," says Mary Elizabeth (M.E.) Cleary, president of Gottlieb Memorial Hospital and MacNeal Hospital. "Maintaining a safe environment for our patients, their families, our clinicians and all whom we serve is a crucial step in fulfilling our mission. I am especially proud that this is Gottlieb’s sixth consecutive ‘A’ rating."
“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work for Gottlieb Memorial Hospital. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, comprised of some of the nation’s leading quality and patient safety experts, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.