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Westlake Hospital Receives An 'A' For Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

6/7/2012 11:00:00 PM

Westlake Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Westlake Hospital received the top grade based on levels of infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. Fewer than half of the hospitals in the Chicagoland area received an “A” rating.

“We’re honored at this top safety rating,” says William A. Brown, FACHE, Chief Executive Officer. “Safety is at the forefront of everything we do. We have an excellent program in place to ensure the highest level of safety and quality for all the patients we are privileged to serve.”

The Hospital received the highest score possible in areas of quality of care for normal deliveries; appropriate ICU staffing; preventing pressure ulcers (bed sores); preventing in-ospital injuries; and managing serious injuries.

Two other Health Chicago Hospitals, West Suburban Medical Center and MacNeal Hospital, also received Hospital Safety ScoreSM top grades.

The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. Hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety. More information is available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org,

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the Hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all Hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The organization was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

Westlake Hospital is a 225-bed teaching hospital located in Melrose Park and is accredited by the Healthcare Facilities Accreditation Program. Staffed with more than 300 physicians, the Hospital offers a comprehensive array of advanced inpatient, outpatient and surgical services. Westlake Hospital is a leader in bariatric surgery, rehabilitative medicine, orthopedics, cardiology and obstetrics. For more information, visit westlakehosp.com.