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Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center Earns an ‘A’ in Patient Safety

Chicago, Ill. – April 29, 2014 – Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) received an “A” for how well the medical center protects patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, according to The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog.

This is the second consecutive “A” in patient safety for PSMEMC. The latest Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group is compiled under the guidance of a national panel of leading experts on patient safety.

The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“Safety is a top priority at our medical center. Our staff works closely with our physicians to ensure the safety of every patient who comes through our doors,” said Martin Judd, regional CEO, PSMEMC. “We are pleased to earn another ‘A’ rating – which demonstrates how focused and committed our entire team is to providing care in a safe setting.”

Calculated under criteria identified by Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score. The score represents a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32 percent receiving an “A” grade.

The Hospital Safety Score is available through its website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades. To learn how PSMEMC’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website. Consumers can also go to the website for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.

About Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC) is a premier medical center on Chicago's near northwest side and includes the Saint Mary Campus, 2233 W. Division St., and Saint Elizabeth Campus, 1431 N. Claremont Ave. The Saint Mary Campus is certified as a Primary Stroke Center and accredited as a Chest Pain Center. The hospital specializes in cardiac care, digestive diseases, emergency services, neuroscience services, obstetrics, primary care, behavioral health and wound healing. PSMEMC ranks No. 18 in the 2013-14 U.S. News & World Report's "Best Hospitals" in the Chicago metro area. Visit our website at http://presencehealth.org/stmary-elizabeth.

About Presence Health
PSMEMC is part of Presence Health, the largest Catholic health system based in Illinois, created in November 2011 through the merger of Provena Health and Resurrection Health Care. With over 150 sites of care, including 12 hospitals, Presence Health has 22,000 employees, 4,000 medical professionals and a revenue base of nearly $3 billion. Visit presencehealth.org to learn more.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org)  is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchasers and other members.   

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