Silver Cross receives 'A' grade from Leapfrog

NEW LENOX - For the 10th consecutive time, Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox has been awarded an "A" for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group.

The designation recognizes Silver Cross' efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care,

"Patient safety is the No. 1 priority of every employee, volunteer and physician on staff at Silver Cross Hospital," said Ruth Colby, Silver Cross President and Chief Executive Officer. "In fact, 'Speak up for Patient Safety' is the first of our Seven Behaviors at Silver Cross. Earning our 10th straight A is an honor and a credit to our amazing team of caregivers who put safety first and a testament to our commitment to provide superior care to every patient, every time."

The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of 'A', 'B', 'C', 'D' and 'F' to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.

The Leapfrog's grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. See the full report at

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