Some local hospitals have “A” grades from the Leapfrog Group, but a look into the hospital watchdog group’s rankings shows an A isn’t a perfect score. St. Elizabeth and Morris Hospital both get A grades.
Leapfrog says St. Elizabeth rates well at preventing mistakes and surgery problems. But it has a low number of specialists for its ICU.
Morris Hospital tracks more infections than St. Elizabeth. Leapfrog says Morris also has fewer doctors than average in its ICU and it ranks worse than average for deaths from serious treatable complications.
St. Margaret’s in Spring Valley gets a B. Leapfrog says the hospital declined to report on effective leadership to prevent errors and whether it has enough qualified nurses. As with other area hospitals, St. Margaret is low on ICU specialists as Leapfrog figures. But the staff who are there communicate with each other and are responsive. And St. Margaret’s does well in most categories for surgical problems.
Leapfrog gives a C to Illinois Valley Community Hospital in Peru. It does well in most categories for minimizing surgery complications. But it didn’t report on employee hand washing. IVCH also declined to report on effective leadership to prevent errors and the number of qualified nurses.
Not all hospitals in the area are rated. Leapfrog doesn’t have entries for Valley West in Sandwich and St. Paul in Mendota.
Leapfrog’s rankings can be found online. People should be careful about analyzing the rankings. A hospital that declines to publish certain information may or may not be doing a good job in that area. But for whatever reason, it’s not making the information public. And in some cases, not collecting the information in the first place is because the hospital doesn’t provide the service that would generate that information.
Finally, Leapfrog’s disclaimer says its rankings are no guarantee of anyone’s outcome and should not be used in place of a doctor’s advice.
Find Leapfrog Group’s ratings online at this link.