Chicago Medicine receives 19th A grade for hospital safety

The University of Chicago Medicine earned its 19th consecutive A grade in patient safety from industry watchdog The Leapfrog Group, garnering another top mark despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Hyde Park academic medical center is one of only 27 acute-care facilities nationwide to have received an A in every report since The Leapfrog Group began its twice-yearly survey in 2012, as the “Straight A” list of hospitals continues to shrink. In Leapfrog’s last survey in fall 2020, UChicago Medicine was one of 29 hospitals to have received consecutive A’s. Two years ago, that number stood at 41 healthcare providers.

“UChicago Medicine’s safety record is a testament to the commitment of our caregivers and support staff to our patients and their families,” said Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, executive vice president for medical affairs at the University of Chicago. “This recognition is especially meaningful this spring, following more than a year of pandemic-related challenges faced by healthcare workers across the country.”

About 2,700 U.S. hospitals are rated annually by The Leapfrog Group based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade involves an analysis of up to 27 publicly available measures, including those from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and others. To see more details on UChicago Medicine’s performance and to access other information, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

“Our focus on providing outstanding care to our patients is founded on our culture of safety, trust and transparency,” said Thomas Jackiewicz, president of the University of Chicago Medical Center and chief operating officer of the UChicago Medicine health system.