Syracuse, NY (April 24, 2018) – St. Joseph’s Health Hospital received an ‘A’ rating in the latest Leapfrog® Hospital Safety Grades for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. St. Joseph’s is the only hospital in Syracuse and Onondaga County to receive this high rating, one of only eight (8) in New York State, and one of only 750 ‘A’ rated hospitals in the country. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means St. Joseph’s Health Hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

The Leapfrog Group is a Washington D.C-based watchdog organization that aims to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades indicate how safe general acute-care hospitals are for patients.

“Transparent third-party expert ratings like these reflect our commitment to keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors,” said Leslie Paul Luke, president and CEO at St. Joseph’s Health. “Leapfrog analyzes everything from our culture and our leadership, to our staff’s communication with each other and with patients, to patient recovery, infection rates, and even hand hygiene. This rating further demonstrates the success of our efforts to continuously improve quality, safety and efficacy of care across our continuum.”

St. Joseph’s Health Hospital received all of the available points for its ICU physician staffing, nursing workforce, leadership structures and systems, identification & mitigation of risks and hazards, computerized physician order entry and hand hygiene. The hospital also earned high points for nurse and doctor communication, staff responsiveness, communication about medicines and discharge information, among other categories.

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

 About St. Joseph’s Health

St. Joseph’s Health is a non-profit regional health care system based in Syracuse, N.Y., providing services to patients throughout Central New York and northern Pennsylvania. From primary to specialty to home care, to our Magnet-recognized hospital, and in collaboration with our community partners, St. Joseph's Health is advancing the health of the communities we serve through an expanding range of healthcare services to ensure our patients achieve optimum long-term health. Ranked by Consumer Reports among the top 15 heart surgery centers in the country, U.S. News “Best Regional Hospital” and a 15-time winner of the National Research Corporation Consumer Choice award, St. Joseph’s is widely recognized for quality, value and delivering the highest patient satisfaction. St. Joseph’s Health is affiliated with Franciscan Companies and St. Joseph’s Physicians and is a member of Trinity Health.