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One Illinois hospital received an F, Northwestern – C – Chicago Tribune

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Illinois ranks 27th in the country in the percentage of hospitals with high safety scores: Wakegan Hospital received an F rating, and one of Chicago’s most prestigious facilities, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, – C, according to new ratings.

Overall, about 29% of Illinois hospitals received A marks, about the same percentage as last time. released in the fall the nonprofit Leapfrog Group, which issues estimates twice a year. However, this is less than a year ago, when Leapfrog ranked Illinois 17th in the country in terms of hospital safety, with 35% of Illinois hospitals receiving A marks.

Leapfrog estimates are based on more than 30 patient safety measures from the federal government, Leapfrog surveys and other sources. Measures include falls and injuries, hand hygiene and mortality rates among surgical patients with serious treatable diseases. Hospitals that receive high scores often advertise these scores in their advertisements, hoping to attract more patients and gain a competitive advantage over other hospitals.

One hospital in Illinois, Vista Medical Center in Waukegan, received an F-score, which the hospital disagrees with. The hospital had no patients with nosocomial infections for nine months, the hospital said. Some of the data on which the assessment is based is more than two years old and the hospital is not participating in the Leapfrog survey, the statement said.

“Leapfrog’s assessment does not reflect the dedication of our doctors, nurses and staff,” the statement said. “We are constantly focusing on the safety, quality and experience of our patients as part of our overall efforts to improve clinical effectiveness.”

Five Chicago area hospitals received D’s, including Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Advocate South Suburban Hospital in Hazel Crest, Advocate Trinity Hospital in Chicago, Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago and Community First Medical Center in Chicago.

The lawyer said in a statement Monday: “We firmly believe that significant data on quality and safety should be transparent to the public. However, accurately measuring these data can be challenging, and some organizations use limited methodologies that do not always reflect the quality of care or the various factors that contribute to patient outcomes. ”

Attempts to contact Roseland and Community First for comment were not immediately successful on Monday.

Even some of the district’s largest hospitals received an average rating. The Northwestern Memorial and Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood both received Cs.

Northwestern’s score dropped from B a year ago, and that’s somewhat surprising considering that a separate US News & World Report rating named the Northwestern Memorial the best Illinois hospital for 10 years in a row, and the federal government awarded the hospital 5 stars out of 5 for quality. A number of organizations evaluate hospitals each year using different methodologies.

Northwestern said in a statement Monday: “We are committed to providing high quality, safe, patient-centered care … We appreciate Leapfrog’s ongoing efforts to improve the usefulness and accessibility of information to consumers.”

The report, however, also had some bright spots. The University of Chicago Medical Center received the 21st grade in a row.

“There is nothing more important than safety,” said Dr. Stephen Weber, chief physician and executive vice president of the University of Chicago School of Medicine. Some patients and providers “take for granted that American health care is safe, and the fact is that it can always be safer.” Not all hospitals are equally safe for patients, he said.

Leaders of the University of Chicago Medical Center regularly review hundreds of data streams – such as how long patients are in the hospital, disinfect staff hands and the proportion of patients who have met with case managers – to try to figure out what could improve, he said.

Efforts to improve safety have also been justified in recent rankings by St. Bernard Hospital and the Englewood Health Center. In the fall, South Side Hospital was the only one in the state to receive an F. rating. This time it received a C.

“We reviewed every element of the Leapfrog survey and assessment methodology, and then were able to identify areas where we could improve immediately,” said Michael Richardson, chief clinical clinical quality and safety officer at St. Louis. Bernard.

For example, more than a year has passed since any St. Bernard patient suffered from a central bleeding infection or urinary catheter infection, he said.

The hospital also invested in electronic hand hygiene system to help control how often staff disinfect hands at distributors across the hospital. And the hospital has adopted a process called “Fair Culture,” which aims to create an environment in which people are encouraged to report bugs so that systemic problems can be corrected.

St. Bernard is pleased to no longer have an F mark, but will continue to work on improvement, Richardson said.

“It was hard to wear. “As for the staff, it was a little sad,” Richardson said of the previous Class F. It will be a real boost inside the hospital, but we accept that there are a lot of Class A hospitals, and that’s where we want to be. “

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