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Hospital earns top marks from national organization

Updated: April 14, 2013 2:10AM

All four hospitals — including Highland Park Hospital — in the NorthShore University HealthSystem earned the highest possible scores in ratings released by a national organization on health care.

The group’s hospitals in Evanston, Glenbrook, Highland Park and Skokie all received “A” grades in The Leapfrog Group’s semi-annual Hospital Safety Scores. All four NorthShore hospitals also received “A” marks in Leapfrog’s ratings released last spring.

“These grades reflect the incredible work of our physicians and staff to make high-quality care and patient safety a priority at all four of our hospitals,” said Ken Anderson, D.O., chief medical quality officer at NorthShore. “It’s what NorthShore University HealthSystem strives for each day, and we’re proud that all of our hospitals were able to maintain the ‘A’ grade.”

The Hospital Safety Scores are calculated using 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data.

The resulting letter grade represents a hospital’s overall success in keeping patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

The newest ratings reflect updated methodology and updated data from the hospitals. Nationwide, only 30 percent of the hospitals studied received “A” grades for the fall period.

The Leapfrog Group ( is a national 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.

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