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MDH Receives ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group

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MACOMB, Ill. – McDonough District Hospital earned the highest national distinction for patient safety following an announcement by The Leapfrog Group. An ‘A’ grade was awarded to MDH based on its performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms while recognizing its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

Leapfrog’s ‘A’ patient safety grade marks the third national recognition earned by MDH this calendar year.

Earlier this year, McDonough District Hospital was recognized as a ‘Top 100 Rural and Community Hospital’ by Beckers Hospital Review, and also a ‘Most Wired’ Small and Rural Hospital by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

A national nonprofit health care ratings organization, The Leapfrog Group assigns safety letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance. Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publically available hospital safety data to assign the letter grades to more than 2,600 hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

MDH President/CEO Kenny Boyd credited his entire staff for their continued work in helping earn Leapfrog’s ‘A’ grade.

“Receiving the top Safety Letter Grade from The Leapfrog Group demonstrates our entire hospital staff’s focus and dedication to patient safety,” said Boyd. “The prestigious award does not evaluate a single individual or department but our entire health care unit. I am extremely proud to announce our ‘A’ grade, this award is one every MDH employee can take pride in receiving.”

MDH was one of 832 hospitals across the country to earn an ‘A’ grade during the Fall 2017 period.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board of Directors, management and staff of McDonough District Hospital for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

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About McDonough District Hospital: Centered in Macomb, Illinois, McDonough District Hospital has been a source of healing, caring, and hope since we first opened our doors to the people of western Illinois in 1958. Through the years, we have continually expanded our high quality services for people at all stages of their lives. Today, MDH is a 48-bed healthcare facility providing an impressive spectrum of advanced medical treatments and personalized health services. While our services have advanced, our commitment to providing healthcare in an atmosphere of compassion and caring has remained constant. Our doctors, nurses, and staff provide our patients and their families continuity of care, close to home—making McDonough District Hospital our communities' first choice in healthcare.

About The Leapfrog Group: Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.