St. Vincent’s Medical Center receives fifth consecutive Leapfrog “A” in safety

For the fifth consecutive time, St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport has received an “A” hospital safety score from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

St. Vincent’s currently is the only hospital in Fairfield County, and one of only three out of 27 rated hospitals in the state, to meet the criteria required for the “A” safety score, according to a press release from the hospital.

In recent years, St. Vincent’s has enacted programs that focus on safety. This included mandating a “high reliability” safety training program for every employee, regardless of position.

Other recognition

St. Vincent’s also has received Nursing Magnet recognition, the highest national award for nursing excellence; was named a Top Performer on Key Quality Measures by the Joint Commission, an accreditor of national healthcare organizations; and was featured as a model of a high reliability organization by the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) educational website for hospitals.

In addition, U.S. News and World Report named St. Vincent’s Medical Center the Best Hospital in Fairfield County and in all of Western Connecticut for 2013-14 in its Best Hospitals survey.

The Leapfrog safety report

The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Score used publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. The report looks at 28 measures.

U.S. hospitals were assigned a rating of A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.