Metro Saint Luke’s Hospitals Awarded Spring 2023 ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group

KANSAS CITY, MO – Saint Luke’s East Hospital, Saint Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City, and Saint Luke’s South Hospital received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates Saint Luke’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. The new grades reflect performance primarily during the height of the pandemic.

"We are proud to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients," said Julie Quirin, Saint Luke’s Health System Chief Operating Officer and Senior Vice President. "Safety is just one of the important aspects that factor into our care. We are honored to receive this recognition, and it demonstrates our commitment to safe outcomes for our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But these hospitals received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

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About Saint Luke’s Health System  
Saint Luke's Health System is a faith-based, not-for-profit organization with 14 hospitals and campuses and more than 100 primary care and specialty clinics, treating patients in 65 specialty services across 67 counties in Missouri and Kansas. Saint Luke’s has cared for Kansas City and surrounding communities for more than 140 years and is committed to the highest levels of excellence in health care and the advancement of medical research and education. Follow Saint Luke’s: Facebook Twitter YouTube Instagram LinkedIn

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 for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.