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Will County area hospitals given high safety marks

Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet will host a series of meetings this week aimed at community redevelopment.
Amita Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet will host a series of meetings this week aimed at community redevelopment.

Multiple Will County hospitals received high grades in safety in the Leapfrog Group’s spring report of its biannual study.

Among more than U.S. 850 hospitals receiving an A grade were AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet, AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in Bolingbrook and Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox.

Edward and Elmhurst Hospitals in DuPage also earned A grades.

“Patient safety is AMITA Health’s top priority,” AMITA Health president and CEO Mark A. Frey said in a news release. “These latest safety grades from Leapfrog reflect the strong commitment of our physicians, nurses, administrators and associates to ensuring the safety of our patients while providing the highest-quality care and limiting health care costs.”

For AMITA Health, its Joliet and Bolingbrook hospitals were among 10 establishments to earn an A.

“Every member of our team takes very seriously our responsibility to provide care of the highest quality to every patient, every time,” Silver Cross president and CEO Ruth Colby said in a news release.

Silver Cross has received nine consecutive A grades.

Leapfrog is a national nonprofit committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, according to a news release. Its study grades hospitals based on performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harm to patients. The study uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data.

“Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error,” Leapfrog president and CEO Leah Binder said.

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