St. Mary’s makes the grade in safety evaluation

St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction has earned top grades for patient safety from a national organization that evaluates hospitals.

St. Mary’s received an A Hospital Safety Score from the Leapfrog Group, an organization of employers and other large purchasers of health care benefits.

“In addition to receiving excellent care, everyone deserves to feel safe when they come to the hospital. Earning this top Hospital Safety Score is recognition for everyone at St. Mary’s and the effort and vigilance they apply to the safety of our patients,” said Kathy Cherin, director of quality at St. Mary’s Hospital.

The Hospital Safety Score combines 26 publicly available measures of hospital safety into a single score that reflects the ability of a hospital to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. Hospitals are assigned scores ranging from A to F.

St. Mary’s Hospital was one of 729 hospitals to earn an A out of 2,652 hospitals for which there was sufficient information available to assign scores. Nearly half of those hospitals received a score of C or lower.

The Hospital Safety Score was developed by a panel that included representatives from Harvard, John Hopkins, Michigan, Stanford and Vanderbilt universities.

Scores and other information is posted online at the Web site located at

The Leapfrog Group leverages the purchasing power of its employer members to promote the quality, safety and affordability of health care as well as recognize hospitals with proven records of providing quality care. For additional information, log on to the Web site at