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Saint Francis Receives Seventh Consecutive ‘A’ for Patient Safety

November 10, 2021
Leapfrog hospital safety grade - Straight A's, 2018 - 2021

For the seventh time in a row, Saint Francis Medical Center received a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade ‘A’ for fall 2021. This national award recognizes the Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing the safest healthcare.

“At Saint Francis, safety is our priority. We deliberately architect a patient care structure with processes that hardwire safety and quality,” said Dr. Maryann Reese, president and chief executive officer of Saint Francis Healthcare System. “For the seventh consecutive time, our Leapfrog Grade ‘A’ affirms our ability to deliver the highest quality healthcare. It is my pleasure to lead a healthcare system with the best patient care outcomes in the nation, designed by our incredible physicians and colleagues.”

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns a letter grade to hospitals across the country based on more than thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peerreviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement, of which southeast Missouri should be extremely proud,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank Saint Francis for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times.”

To see the complete grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit

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 healthcare. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.

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