St. Anthony Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade 

Contact: Shelly Payne
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Oklahoma City, OK – New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced earlier this week by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. St. Anthony Hospital, including Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony, was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“The ‘A’ rating we received is a reflection of our employees’ dedication to providing safe, compassionate care to every patient,” said Tammy Powell, president of St. Anthony Hospital. Patient safety is our number one priority at St. Anthony and Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony, and I am proud to be a part of this wonderful health care team.” 

“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see St. Anthony Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About SSM Health

SSM Health Care of Oklahoma includes St. Anthony Hospital (Oklahoma City); Bone and Joint Hospital at St. Anthony (Oklahoma City); and St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital (Shawnee, Okla.). The SSM of Oklahoma network also includes St. Anthony South, St. Anthony North, four St. Anthony Healthplex campuses, 17 affiliated hospitals, and St. Anthony Physicians Group with more than 180 physicians and providers.