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Area hospitals receive top marks for safety

Three hospitals in the St. Charles County area received “A” safety grades for spring  2017 from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit dedicated to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system. Progress West Hospital, SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital-Lake Saint Louis and SSM Health St. Joseph Hospital-St. Charles were awarded top marks from the organization, which has released safety grades twice per year for over 2,600 U.S. hospitals since 2012.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is based on 30 performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.

Those measures are compiled into a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. For more information about area hospitals’ current and past scores, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.com.

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