Local hospitals have gotten high marks for safety. The new hospital safety grades have been released by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization for patient safety. OSF HealthCare Sacred Heart Medical Center in Danville achieved an A rating, with OSF HealthCare Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana earning a B rating, placing them among the safest hospitals in the country. Carle Hospital also got an A rating.
Hospitals are assigned A, B, C, D and F letter grades based on 27 different measures of patient safety. These measures include patient care management, medication safety, frequency of healthcare-associated infection and maternity care. The biannual report is calculated by a panel of safety experts and peer-reviewed.
Sacred Heart Medical Center’s A was an improvement over the last time it was surveyed and got a C. Carle’s “A” rating, also was a step up. It previously scored a “B.” Heart of Mary Medical Center in Urbana also received a “B” last time it was surveyed.