Hospital safety ratings can matter. Being able to know how well your medical providers are performing can be important when making healthcare choices. If you knew a hospital had a D rating, would you go there? Would you risk suffering an injury if you could spend another 10 minutes driving to an A-rated hospital?
The latest Leapfrog Group ratings have been released, so now is a good time to look at the hospitals in our area. Ratings range from A to D, with A being the best.
Which hospitals made the A list?
The hospitals below were given A ratings:
- AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale
- AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center GlenOaks
- AMITA Health Saint Joseph Medical Center Joliet
- AMITA Health Saint May and Elizabeth Medical Center Chicago
- AMITA Health St. Alexius Medical Center Hoffman Estates
- Edward Hospital
- Elmhurt Memorial Hospital
- Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers
- Loretto Hospital
- AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center in Bolingbrook
- AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center La Grange
- AMITA Health Adventist Medical Center Chicago
- AMITA Health Saint Joseph Hospital Chicago
- Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital
- Loyola University Medical Center
- NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston
- NorthShore University HealthSystem Glenbrook
- NorthShore University HealthSystem Skokie
- Northwestern Medicine Delnor
- Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest
- Rush Copley Medical Center
- Rush Oak Park Hospital
- Silver Cross Hospital
- NorthShore University HealthSystem Highland Park
- Northwest Community Hospital
- Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage
- University of Chicago Medical Center
- West Suburban Medical Center
That’s a long list, and it shows how many amazing hospitals there are in the Chicago area.
At the bottom of the list are just three hospitals with “D” ratings. These include:
- John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital
- University of Illinois Hospital
- Mt. Sinai Hospital
When you see a hospital with a poor rating, it’s important to look into the reason. Checking the University of Illinois Hospital records, you can see that there is a high rate of C. diff infection and many surgical site infections after colon surgery.
When you click through on any hospital, you can see problems with surgery, the steps the hospital takes to prevent errors, safety problems, staff information and more.
It’s a good idea to review this information to learn more about the facility that you’re planning to go to, so you can make educated decisions about where you seek health care.