St. Vincent’s Medical Center receives ‘A’ safety score

For the sixth consecutive time, St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Bridgeport has received an “A” hospital safety score from the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national nonprofit entity 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 four out of 25 rated hospitals in the state, to meet the criteria required for the “A” safety score, according to a St. Vincent’s Medical Center press release.

In recent years, St. Vincent’s began mandating a “high reliability” safety training program for every employee regardless of position, states the release.

St. Vincent’s also was featured as a model of a high reliability organization for hospitals by both the Joint Commission — an accredit of national health care organizations — and the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OOHS) educational website for hospitals, added the release.

How Leapfrog scores work

Leapfrog’s hospital safety score was calculated under the guidance of the organization’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.

Hospitals in the U.S. were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

The study uses measures in 28 categories, including for process, structure and outcome. Compare St. Vincent’s to other hospitals locally and nationally at