HPCI News: Greater Iowa Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades Announced

To: Members and Selected Others

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers and purchasers, recently announced the fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grades. The independent grading system assigns “A”, “B”. “C”. “D” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections. Grades for more than 2,600 hospitals across the country were released. Of these, 32% earned an “A”, 24% earned a “B”, 37% a “C”, 6% a “D” and just under 1% and “F”.

In greater Iowa, 49 hospitals were graded and 17 ( 35%) earned an “A” or “B” grade. They are listed below:

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Allen Hospital, Waterloo
Lakes Regional Health Care, Spirit Lake
Mercy Hospital, Iowa City
Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque
Methodist Jennie Edmundson, Council Bluffs
Unity Point Health Grinnell Regional, Grinnell
Unity Point Health St. Lukes Hospital, Cedar Rapids
Unity Point Health St. Lukes Regional Medical Center, Sioux City
Unity Point Health Trinity, Muscatine
Unity Point Health Trinity Regional Medical Center, Fort Dodge
Mayo Clinic Health System, Albert Lee
Mayo Cinic Health System, Austin
Mayo Clinic Hospital - Methodist Campus, Rochester
Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Mary’s Campus, Rochester
Mayo Clinic Health System - Francian Health Care, La Crosse
Gunderson Lutheran Medical Center, La Crosse
OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg

“The Hospital Safety Grades give the American public information they need and deserve about the safety of their hospitals. Avoidable medical errors and infections in hospitals are still the third cause of death in the nation, and that is not a partisan issue,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Grade uses 28 measures of publically available hospital safety data to assign the grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s mythology is peer reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

The Iowa HealthScores website will be updated with these new grades. For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, as well as individual grades and state rankings please visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.


Paul M. Pietzsch, MPH
HPCI - IHBA Office
4430 Ashley Park Drive
West Des Moines, Iowa 50265
(515) 778-6300


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