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Wednesday, May 1, 2024 - All Roper St. Francis Healthcare hospitals earn top ratings for third straight time

Four Roper St. Francis Healthcare hospitals earn A’s for patient safety

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Every hospital at Roper St. Francis Healthcare earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade for patient safety in The Leapfrog Group ratings released today.

For Leapfrog’s third straight grading period, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Roper Hospital, Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital and Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital received the highest marks possible for protecting patients from preventable harm and errors.

“Roper St. Francis Healthcare values a culture of teammate and patient safety, and we always strive to hold ourselves accountable to the highest external validation of that culture of patient safety,” said Dr. Megan Baker, interim president and CEO of Roper St. Francis Healthcare. “Leapfrog is just that.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program exclusively based on hospital prevention of medical errors, infections and injuries that kill more than 500 patients a day nationally. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually in the fall and spring.

“When I think of Leapfrog, it’s not enough to just keep repeating, but we have to keep excelling,” Dr. Baker said. “The competition gets harder. The requirements become more stringent. But if we really want to be that championship healthcare provider, then we’re going to continue to participate and strive for straight A’s every time.”

Leapfrog assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on more than 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as the systems that hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

About Roper St. Francis Healthcare

Roper St. Francis Healthcare chooses purpose over profits by putting our extra money back into our system to help meet the health needs of our community. The largest healthcare system features four flagship hospitals: Roper Hospital, Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital, Roper St. Francis Mount Pleasant Hospital and Roper St. Francis Berkeley Hospital. In an emergency, the healthcare system offers six strategically placed ERs. With more than 6,000 teammates, we are the Lowcountry’s largest private employer with nearly 1,000 doctors representing almost every medical specialty. Our 657-bed system consists of 117+ facilities and services across five counties.

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 for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and 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. For more, follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for its newsletter.

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