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All Three St. Elizabeth Hospitals Earn "A" Grades from Analysts

St. Elizabeth Healthcare scored straight A's in the Leapfrog Group's spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade.

According to a news release, the designation recognizes St. Elizabeth's efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in America.

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization that analyzes health care quality and safety for consumers. Its safety grade system assigns A, B, C, D, or F grades to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms among patients.

St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Florence, and Ft. Thomas all received A grades. This is the 13th consecutive time St. Elizabeth Edgewood has received an A.

“As an organization, St. Elizabeth takes the care and safety of our patients very seriously and we are constantly striving to deliver high quality care,” said Garren Colvin, president and CEO of St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Receiving an A grade from Leapfrog for the thirteenth consecutive cycle at our Edgewood hospital is indicative of that commitment. We are also proud that all three of our qualifying hospitals received an A.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals such as St. Elizabeth that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

St. Elizabeth Edgewood, Florence and Ft. Thomas were three of 823 hospitals throughout the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. 

-Staff report