NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Evanston Hospital at Ridge Avenue and Central Street. Credit: Evan Girard

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that investigates hospital safety and patient care, published its 2022 hospital grades on Wednesday.

Leapfrog’s ratings are “based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients,” according to a news release.

NorthShore University HealthSystem’s Evanston Hospital received a “B” grade, with above-average scores in most categories. However the facility did receive a below-average rating in some of the “safety problems” categories, specifically due to low grades for the handling of harmful events, dangerous bed sores and patient falls or injuries. Leapfrog’s full report on NorthShore Evanston is available here.

Meanwhile, Ascension Saint Francis Hospital on Ridge Avenue received an overall “C” score from Leapfrog, mainly due to particularly low grades in the error prevention and hospital staff categories. Communication with patients and staff responsiveness were issues at Saint Francis identified in Leapfrog’s report, which is available here.

In an official statement released along with the 2022 ratings, Leapfrog said increasingly advanced technology and better staffing and communication in hospitals have helped reduce preventable safety mistakes over the last decade.

“For a long time, the health care community tried to improve safety, but progress stalled,” Leapfrog President and Chief Executive Officer Leah Binder said. “The big difference over this decade is that for the first time, we publicly reported each hospital’s record on patient safety, and that galvanized the kind of change we all hoped for. It’s not enough change, but we are on the right track.”

Duncan Agnew covers Evanston public schools, affordable housing, City Hall and more for the RoundTable. He also writes long-form investigations, features and the morning email newsletter three times a...

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