Submitted by PeaceHealth
For the second year in a row, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s achievements in providing safe health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade assigned to all general hospitals assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and enhances patient safety.
“This repeat A rating is testament to the unwavering commitment to quality and safety of our caregivers, providers and leaders,” said Chief Medical Officer and Patient Safety Officer Sudhakar Karlapudi, MBBS, MBA, FACP. “Time and again, they have gone above and beyond, facing challenges and opportunities for improvement with strength, determination and confidence. We are united in our collective focus on safety best practices, and I’m grateful for their dedication to providing our patients with the safe, high-quality care they expect and deserve.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.