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Northwestern Medicine Recognized as National Leader in Patient Safety

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May 9, 2013

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Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital earn “A” in the Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group
 
Northwestern Medicine® has been recognized for patient safety with both Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital receiving an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM from the Leapfrog Group. The nonprofit group assigns scores to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals as part of its Hospital Safety Score initiative. Scores are based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections and are designed to give the public information that can they can use to protect themselves and their families. The “A” score places Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest among the nation’s safest hospitals.
 
“We are honored to have both Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest recognized for our shared commitment to patient safety and quality initiatives,” said Jay Anderson, senior vice president for performance improvement and interim chief information officer at Northwestern Memorial. “Achieving an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score reflects our Patients First mission and our longstanding focus on creating the safest possible environment for our patients. Transparency of quality and safety data as found on both the Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest websites empowers patients and families to make informed decisions about their hospital care. The Leapfrog Group also recently recognized Northwestern Memorial’s website with an award for excellence in transparency. ”

The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel includes representatives from University of Michigan, Harvard University, Stanford University, Johns Hopkins University, University of California – Davis, Vanderbilt University and University of California – San Francisco.  
 
Northwestern Memorial and Northwestern Lake Forest share a longstanding commitment to a culture of quality, safety and service. By aspiring to the highest standards for quality and patient satisfaction with collaborative focus on process improvement, both institutions are committed to delivering care that is safe and without error. To learn more about this commitment to quality, visit Northwestern Memorial’s website and Northwestern Lake Forest’s website.
 
Northwestern Medicine is the shared vision that joins Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in a collaborative effort to transform medicine through quality healthcare, academic excellence and scientific discovery. 
 
For more information on the Hospital Safety Score, visit http://hospitalsafetyscore.org/.  

Media Contact:

Megan McCann
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312-926-5900
memccann@nmh.org

Last UpdateMay 9, 2013
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