(Joplin, MO) – Mercy Hospital Joplin has received its fifteenth straight A in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for achievements in protecting patients from harm and errors in the hospital.
“Mercy Joplin’s straight-A streak goes back to 2015,” said Jeremy Drinkwitz, president of Mercy Hospital Joplin. “If that doesn’t prove our commitment to quality patient care, I don’t know what could. It’s all made possible by the dedication our bedside co-workers bring to their patients every single day. Thank you to every single one of you who help make sure every Mercy patient has all of their needs met.”
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns letter grades to hospitals across the country based on more than 30 performance measures reflecting errors, injuries, accidents, infections and the protocols hospitals have in place to prevent harm to patients.
In Missouri, Mercy Hospital Joplin was one of only 18 hospitals throughout the state to earn an A grade from Leapfrog in the Spring 2022 grades. In the Joplin area, Mercy was the only hospital to receive an A grade in the most recent assessment.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public at hospitalsafetygrade.org. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Mercy Hospital Joplin for sustained commitment to patient safety day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An A Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”
“Our co-workers take great pride in providing the best possible care to their patients,” said Donna O’Keefe, interim patient safety manager. “They don’t do it thinking about awards or recognition, but we appreciate The Leapfrog Group taking note of the work they do and the care they take to make sure every patient has a safe environment in our hospital.”
The most recent A grade from The Leapfrog Group is in addition to Mercy Joplin’s recognition as a Top Hospital by Leapfrog, and another A grade, in the Fall 2021 Hospital Grades.
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 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.
Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems for four consecutive years by IBM Watson Health, serves millions annually. Mercy is one of the nation’s most highly integrated, multi-state health care systems, including more than 40 acute care, managed and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, convenient and urgent care locations, imaging centers and pharmacies. Mercy has 900 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 2,400 Mercy Clinic physicians and more than 40,000 co-workers serving patients and families across Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma. Mercy also has clinics, outpatient services and outreach ministries in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas.
Jordan Larimore, Senior Media Relations & Communications
Mercy Hospital Joplin