Centura Health Hospitals Receive ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, along with St. Thomas More Hospital, in Cañon City, part of Centura Health, were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Penrose Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center and St. Thomas More Hospital’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. 

The Leapfrog Group is a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care. 

“We are a connected community of dedicated caregivers who have always stood for top quality, delivering the safest care possible through our award-winning entities, services and teams,” said Dr. Brian Erling, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services president & CEO. “We want our consumers to experience the same great qualities that make Centura Health strong no matter where they go, and we push our local hospitals and clinics to continue doing what makes them uniquely great.” 

Penrose Hospital and St. Francis Medical Center make up Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and along with St. Thomas More Hospital in Cañon City, have set the standard for health care in the Pikes Peak region and southern Colorado through an enduring commitment to the Centura Health mission for over a century. Penrose-St. Francis Health Services and St. Thomas More Hospital are honored to care for and serve their communities generation after generation. 

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Penrose Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center, and St. Thomas More Hospital, that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides a valuable resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.” 

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Penrose Hospital, St. Francis Medical Center and St. Thomas More Hospital are among 855 hospitals across the United States awarded an A in the Fall 2018 update of grades. To see full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

For all media requests and inquiries, please contact Andrea Sinclair, Penrose-St. Francis Health Services Communication Manager, at (719)776-5050 or AndreaSinclair@centura.org.

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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.

About Centura Health
Centura Health connects individuals, families and neighborhoods across Colorado and western Kansas with more than 6,000 physicians and 21,000 of the best hearts and minds in health care. Through our 17 hospitals, two senior living communities, health neighborhoods, physician practices and clinics, home care and hospice services, and Flight For Life® Colorado, we are making the region’s best health care accessible and affordable in every community we serve. We believe you can inspire the people you care about to live healthier lives by encouraging them to do the little things that can make a big difference. We’re Centura Health, and we’re here for your health. For information on Centura Health or any of the facilities in our network, please visit Centura Health website.

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