Published on November 10, 2021

Silver Cross Hospital Recognized for 14th Straight ‘A’ by the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Silver Cross HospitalFor the 14th consecutive time, The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, has awarded Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox an “A” Hospital Safety Grade for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety. The Leapfrog Group assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across table errors, injuries and infections, while also accounting for whether hospitals have systems in place to protect patients from harm. 

“At Silver Cross, safety always comes first,” said Ruth Colby, President and Chief Executive Officer. “That’s why ‘Speak up for Patient Safety,’ the first of our 7 Behaviors, sets the standard and expectation for every employee, physician and volunteer. Earning our 14th Straight A is a testament to the dedication of our entire Silver Cross family.” 

leapfrog fall 2021 logoThe most recent “A” is one of several honors, awards and recognitions related to quality and safety that Silver Cross Hospital has earned over the last year. 

  • In April, Silver Cross earned the “Triple Crown” for healthcare, earning a spot on the Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list, a 5-Star Rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and a Leapfrog A – all in 2021. Silver Cross joined a very exclusive group of U.S. hospitals earning superior marks for patient safety, outcomes and experience.
  • In October, Silver Cross Hospital earned several readers’ choice awards from the Southland Your Times, including Best Hospital, Best Emergency Department, Best Place to Have a Baby and Best Home Care.
  • In addition, readers of the Herald-News named Silver Cross the Best Large Employer and Best Healthcare Employer in Will County, also in October.
  • And in January, the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry awarded Silver Cross Hospital with its annual Business of the Year award.  

“Silver Cross Hospital has made a clear and consistent effort to protect patients from harm,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Establishing and maintaining systems that optimize patient safety is especially critical during times of crisis. I am grateful to the leadership and workforce of Silver Cross for their unwavering dedication to protecting patients.”

Our Commitment to Safety

Silver Cross is committed to patient safety, quality, and performance improvement. The result of this commitment can be seen in our recent awards of “The Triple Crown for Healthcare” “100 Top Hospital, CMS 5-Star Rating, and Leapfrog A” which was proudly received in 2021.  Patient Safety, Quality, and Process Improvement is accomplished through ongoing efforts of hospital committees such as our Quality Improvement Council (QIC), Falls Task Force, Sepsis Task Force, and our Patient and Family Advisory Counsel (PFAC), just to name a few.  Our employees are required to be trained in our Culture of Safety and safety behaviors that assist with the reduction of preventable harm to patients and employees. Quality dashboards assist with tracking performance throughout our organization and aid in facilitation for follow up on actionable items that will drive performance improvement. All of these efforts are reported to the Governance Board’s Quality Committee which meets on a regular basis to review and discuss quality and safety at Silver Cross Hospital. 

To see more details on Silver Cross Hospital’s performance and to access hospital safety tips for patients, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook

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.

Physicians on Silver Cross Hospital’s Medical Staff have expertise in their areas of practice to meet the needs of patients seeking their care. These physicians are independent practitioners on the Medical Staff and are not the agents or employees of Silver Cross Hospital. They treat patients based upon their independent medical judgment and they bill patients separately for their services.