Illinois’ ranking for hospital safety dipped this year to 23rd in the nation, down from 15th last fall, according to a report released Wednesday.
The report, produced by The Leapfrog Group, assigned grades to hospitals across the country for patient safety and then ranked states based on the percentage of their hospitals that earned A’s.
In Illinois, 38 of the 113 hospitals graded received A’s. None received F’s.
Leapfrog calculates hospitals’ grades based on a number of measures, including the rates of hospital-associated infections, patient falls, accidental punctures and lacerations, deaths from treatable complications after surgery and physician staffing in intensive care units, among others. To see individual hospitals’ grades, go to www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
Such grades can be an important tool for consumers trying to choose a hospital, said Larry Boress, regional coordinator for Leapfrog in Illinois and president and CEO of the Midwest Business Group on Health.
“If people are going for care and their doctor has recommended they go to a certain hospital and they see their hospital is not rated well, they need to ask their doctor if there are other options or if there’s a reason they selected that hospital,” Boress said.
But Danny Chun, a spokesman for the Illinois Health and Hospital Association, said Wednesday that patients shouldn’t put too much stock in any one rating or ranking. He called Leapfrog’s overall ranking of Illinois a “crude measure” of hospital safety in the state.
“We welcome information that can help consumers make decisions, but as always we recommend consumers and patients not rely on any one source of data or report, that they look at multiple sources, multiple reports and obviously talk to your doctor,” Chun said.
He noted that there are many reports and rankings of hospitals, done by a number of different groups, all with different methodologies. One…