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Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Earns ‘A’ Grade for Hospital Safety By Leapfrog Group

Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital May 16, 2016


DEKALB, IL – Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital was one of 50 Illinois hospitals to receive an A ranking for hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. The new Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, provides the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system.

“This ‘A’ ranking is testament to the hard work of our dedicated staff members who consistently provide high quality care to our patients at Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital, and across the health system,” said Kevin Poorten, Senior Vice President, Northwestern Memorial HealthCare and President, Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital and Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and available for free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C. diff and MRSA.

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Northwestern Medicine Valley West Hospital in Sandwich was not included in the rankings as critical access hospitals are exempt from receiving a score.

View Northwestern Medicine Kishwaukee Hospital’s full score and access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.