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Hospital grading report gives UnityPoint Health – Pekin a “D”

PEKIN (HOI) — New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades have been announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization for patient safety.

UnityPoint Health – Pekin received a D, one letter grade worse than the last time they were rated this past spring.

The Leapfrog Safety Grade looks at factors like infections, problems with surgery, practices to prevent errors, safety problems, and staff.

In infections, the Pekin hospital had the worst score in the state in diff infection.

In surgery problems, UnityPoint Pekin had below average scores in categories like surgical wounds splitting open, serious breathing problems, and accidental cuts and tears.

The hospital also scored below average in four out of six categories in Practices to Prevent Errors, and five out of six categories in Doctors, Nurses, & Hospital staff were below average.

Under safety problems, Pekin’s score was average to above average, with the exception of tracking and reducing risks to patients, where they scored 81.82 out of 100.

The Leapfrom Group grades hospitals all across the country.

In Central Illinois, OSF Healthcare locations fared the best, with St. Francis in Peoria, St. Joseph in Bloomington, and St. Mary in Galesburg all receiving A’s.

“We are pleased but not surprised at these high ratings,” said OSF St. Francis President Bob Anderson. “Providing the highest level of care has always been our focus and it’s great to see our efforts recognized in this way.”

UnityPoint Health – Methodist in Peoria received a B.

Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal, UnityPoint Health – Proctor in Peoria, and Community Memorial Hospital in Canton received C’s.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 US acute-care hospitals twice per year.

View the list of Illinois hospitals here.

Sheridan Swathwood

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