O’Connor Hospital received an “A” rating for hospital safety by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, in its latest survey of hospitals throughout the U.S. The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.
The hospital quality “scorecard” is based on 2011 data collected from the Leapfrog survey and other publicly reported data. Nationally, grade “A” hospitals include the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.
The areas where O’Connor fully met the Leapfrog standards were in “Steps to Avoid Harm” and “Managing Serious Errors,” and has made substantial progress in “Reducing ICU Infections.” The Hospital Safety Score was first launched in June 2012 and now identifies “D” and “F” rated hospitals.
“There are many things for patients to consider when choosing a hospital and patient safety should be at the top of the list,” said James F. Dover, FACHE, O’Connor Hospital President and CEO. “I am proud to see that we are not only meeting the gold standards for safety by a nationally recognized group, but also showing progress in other patient safety areas.”
In California, 92 out of 246 hospitals, or 37.4%, received an “A” rating. Other local hospitals with an “A” rating are: Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center; Stanford Hospital and Clinics and Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Jose. Receiving “C” ratings were: El Camino Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital of San Jose and Regional Medical Center of San Jose. A “D” rating went to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
The Hospital Safety Score ratings are based on 26 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. Criteria included breathing failure after surgery, wounds splitting after surgery, stage 3 and 4 pressure ulcers and central-line associated infections. The study also looked at the hospitals teamwork and skill building, their nursing workforce and their physician staffing in the ED, among other aspects.
The Leapfrog report is just the latest in similar recognitions for O’Connor as one of the area’s top hospitals. In July, U.S. News & World Report ranked 12 local hospitals in the San Jose area, and O’Connor was ranked among the top three Best Hospitals with high performance in Orthopedics. In August, Consumer Reports gave O’Connor the highest safety rank among the San Jose hospitals who participated in the study.