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St. James Healthcare Receives an ‘A’ Grade From Leapfrog for Spring 2020 Hospital Safety


Butte, MT - St. James Healthcare was awarded an ‘A’ in spring 2020 from Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing St. James’ achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. This marks St. James’ second consecutive ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog, as the hospital was recognized for the fall of 2019.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harms to patients in their care.

“Earning a second consecutive A grade from Leapfrog reinforces how St. James is continually striving to provide the safest, highest quality of care. Our providers and staff are constantly evaluating our practices and procedures to ensure the very best outcomes,” said Nancy Hoyt, St. James Healthcare's CNO/COO. “The exceptional teamwork and skill of our caregivers are truly something to be admired."

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

St. James was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2020 update. To see St. James’ full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About SCL Health

SCL Health is a faith-based, nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to improving the health of the people and communities we serve. Founded by the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth in 1864, our health network provides comprehensive, coordinated care through eight hospitals, more than 180 physician clinics, home health, hospice, mental health, and safety-net services in Colorado and the Montana Wyoming region.