Published on May 10, 2022

15 A’s in a Row: Silver Cross Hospital Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Straight As logoSilver Cross Hospital in New Lenox has received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022. This national distinction, which recognizes Silver Cross Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital, is the 15th straight A for Silver Cross, making it one of only seven hospitals in Illinois and one of just 62 hospitals across the U.S. to earn straight A’s 15 times in a row. 

“I’m so proud of our entire Silver Cross family for always putting safety first,” said Ruth Colby, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Speak up for Patient Safety, the first of our 7 Behaviors at Silver Cross, sets the standard and expectation for every employee, physician and volunteer. Earning our 15th Straight A is a testament to their dedication and commitment, and learning that we achieved this national distinction during National Hospital Week and National Nurses Week makes it even more special.” 

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm. 

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. 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 Silver Cross Hospital 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.” 

To see Silver Cross Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.

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 for patient safety. 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. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.

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.