Morris Hospital continues ‘A’ streak for patient safety

Sixth consecutive high mark since fall of 2018

MORRIS – Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers has received another A on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade that was released April 29, the hospital’s sixth consecutive since fall of 2018. This national distinction recognizes Morris Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. The grade is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors and other harm to patients in their care.

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice a year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

The data used to calculate the spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grade covers a time period ranging from 2017 to 2020, depending on the measure.

“Even during the most difficult times and a global pandemic, Morris Hospital employees and medical staff never waiver on their clinical and quality outcomes focus,” said Kim Landers, vice president of patient care services and chief nurse executive at Morris Hospital & Healthcare Centers. “We could not be happier to receive our sixth straight grade A from Leapfrog. This is a testament to our great team who always pushes for better results for our community. We are so grateful to our staff for this recognition.”

Nationwide, 33% of hospitals received A’s, 24% received B’s, 35% received C’s, 7% received D’s, and less than 1% received F’s.

“An A safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Morris Hospital shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

To see Morris Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.