St. Elizabeth Hospital receives an “A” for patient safety

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

St. Elizabeth was one of 832 hospitals awarded an “A” for fall, 2017, by the Leapfrog Group for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. This is the third ‘A’ safety grade in a row for St. Elizabeth Hospital.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit health care ratings organization which assigns hospital safety letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

“We are fortunate to be in an organization that allows our team members to challenge practices, and to look for and improve areas of opportunity,” said Susan Waguespack, Director of Patient Support Services. “There are always efforts that can improve patient outcomes. The culture of St. Elizabeth Hospital encourages transparency and rewards team members for persistently identifying ways to further advance our processes and create a culture of patient safety.”

Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group added, “It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment. We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of St. Elizabeth Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

St. Elizabeth Hospital scored “above average” in 19 of the 24 areas where data was present. To see St. Elizabeth Hospital’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.