A recent hospital safety report by the nonprofit watchdog organization Leapfrog Group analyzed nearly 3,000 general hospitals across the country, including 113 in Illinois, based on safety from medical errors, accidents, infections and injuries.
Staffing, surgical issues, safety issues and measures aimed at preventing errors also factor into Leapfrog’s rating.
Among Illinois hospitals, 30 received an “A” grade, 25 received a “B” grade and 50 received a “C” grade.
Seven hospitals in the Prairie State received a “D” grade while one hospital, South Shore Hospital in Chicago, was given an “F” grade.
The hospital did not respond to NBC Chicago’s request, but it was given low marks in some infection categories, hospital falls, error prevention strategies, and staffing and communication.
South Shore CEO Leslie Rogers told the Chicago Tribune after stepping into the leadership role this summer that the nonprofit hospital is striving for a “C” or better in the next ranking.
Meanwhile, more than half a dozen other facilities got ‘D’ grade in the list.
These include Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Javon Bay Hospital in Rockford, Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago, Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center in Mattoon, Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan and Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago. .
Weiss Hospital told NBC Chicago in a statement that its lower ranking was “due to an increase in hospital-acquired infections” during the previous reporting period.
“Since then, we have improved our processes and expect future scores, particularly the fall, to reflect those improvements,” a spokeswoman said. “Patient safety is our highest priority, and our physicians and staff are fully committed to the quality of our patient care programs.”
Vista Health System said it “improved during this rating period and continues to focus on safety, quality and our patients’ experience” but noted that the data used in its grades “are in some cases more than three years old and do not reflect the dedication and commitment” of Vista. Clinical Performance of Physicians, Nurses and Staff.”
“Several national and state organizations recognize Vista’s commitment to quality and safety, including US News and World Report, which recently recognized Vista as a High-Performing Hospital in Stroke and COPD Care for 2022-2023, and the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, which recognized Vista with the ‘Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus’ Achievement Award on the TARGET: Type 2 Diabetes Honor Roll,” the healthcare organization said.
Advocate Aurora Health said it “has a strong plan to drive continued improvement in both safety and health outcomes for our patients.”
“We strongly believe that meaningful quality and safety data should be transparent to the public. However, accurately measuring this data can be challenging, and some organizations use limited methods that do not always reflect the quality of care or various factors affecting patient outcomes,” the hospital system said in a statement. said in a statement.
NBC Chicago reached out to other hospitals listed in the rankings but did not receive a response.
Some prominent Chicago-area hospitals were among the “C” ratings on the list, including Northwestern Medicine’s Lake Forest Hospital, the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, several OSF healthcare facilities, Mount Sinai Hospital of Chicago and more.
Northwestern Medicine says its Lake Forest hospital is “committed to providing high-quality, safe, patient-centered care.”
“Our physicians, nurses and staff are driven by their dedication and passion to provide outstanding care and always strive to do what is best for our patients,” the hospital said in a statement. “We believe that quality and safety data should be meaningful, informative and transparent to the public. We applaud Leapfrog’s ongoing efforts to improve the usefulness and accessibility of information for consumers.”
OSF Healthcare said 10 of its 15 hospitals received a grade in the report, including one with an A and five with a B.
A total of four have been given a C rating.
“OSF supports the transparency of quality and safety information such as that provided through Leapfrog Grades and is committed to finding ways to improve safety and quality of care. We are proud of the work our mission partners (employees) do every day and how they have overcome the many challenges over the past two years,” the healthcare organization said in a statement.
Illinois ranks 28th in the U.S. with 26.5% of hospitals receiving an “A” grade in the biannual report. In spring, the state was ranked 27th.
Still, as of fall 2021, only 18 state hospitals were listed with an “A” grade.
The top state on the list was New Hampshire, followed by Virginia, Utah, Colorado and Idaho.
Here’s a look at which Illinois hospitals received an “A” grade:
AdventHealth Bolingbrook – Bolingbrook, IL
AdventHealth GlenOaks – Glendale Heights, IL
AdventHealth Hinsdale – Hinsdale, IL
AdventHealth La Grange – La Grange, IL
Ascension Mercy – Aurora, IL
Ascension Resurrection – Chicago, IL
Blessing Hospital – Quincy, IL
Carle Foundation Hospital – Urbana, IL
Elmhurst Memorial Hospital – Elmhurst, IL
FHN Memorial Hospital – Freeport, IL
HSHS St. Elizabeth Hospital – O’Fallon, IL
Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital – Melrose Park, IL
McNeill Hospital – Berwyn, IL
McDonough District Hospital – Macomb, IL
Memorial Hospital Belleville – Belleville, IL
Morris Hospital – Morris, IL
Northwest Community Hospital – Arlington Heights, IL
Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital – Winfield, IL
Northwestern Medicine Dellner Hospital – Geneva, IL
Northwestern Medicine Huntley Hospital – Huntley, IL
Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital – DeKalb, IL
Northwestern Medicine McHenry Hospital – McHenry, IL
OSF Healthcare St. Francis Medical Center – Peoria, IL
Rush Copley Medical Center – Aurora, IL
Rush Oak Park Hospital520 – Oak Park, IL
Rush University Medical Center – Chicago, IL
Silver Cross Hospital – New Lenox, IL
SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital-Centralia – Centralia, IL
UnityPoint Health – Proctor – Peoria, IL
University of Chicago Medical Center – Chicago, IL
See the full list of Illinois hospital grades here.