UChicago Medicine earns 16th straight “A” for safety from industry group

The University of Chicago Medicine has earned its 16th consecutive “A” in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, further validating the academic medical center’s patient-safety track record as being among the best in the nation.

UChicago Medicine now is among only 36 hospitals nationwide — and remains the only one in Chicago — to have earned continuous top marks from the Leapfrog Group since the independent watchdog began compiling its report card in June 2012.

“Delivering this level of exceptional patient care requires a relentless commitment to excellence and a hospital culture that’s deeply rooted in safety,” said Kenneth S. Polonsky, MD, Dean and Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs at the University of Chicago. “Our superior record is a measure of the care and professionalism of our entire multidisciplinary clinical staff, from physicians to nurses to pharmacists. We are grateful to everyone for making this achievement possible.”

The Leapfrog Group uses 28 publicly available hospital safety measures to assign letter grades to more than 2,600 acute-care hospitals, and its grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and available to the public.




Originally reported in The Forefront 11/7/2019