November 19, 2019
CHI St. Alexius Health has once again been recognized as the safest hospital in Bismarck, and in the region, by The Leapfrog Group for fall, 2019.
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety. Hospitals across the country show a lot of variation when it comes to patient safety. The ability to pinpoint where the problems are, allows The Leapfrog Group to better track progress resulting in fewer deaths from the preventable errors they monitor in their grading system.
“We are pleased to be recognized as one of the highest rated hospitals in North Dakota.” said Kurt Schley, CHI St. Alexius Health president. “As a faith-based organization, we strive to be a strong influence in sustaining and implementing a culture of safety each and every day. Our physicians and employees are the key to our success.”
The Leapfrog Group “grades” hospitals A-F on their safety and uses national performance measures from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), Leapfrog Hospital Survey, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.
Taken together, those performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The Safety Grade includes 27 measures, all currently in use by national measurement and reporting programs.
“Our philosophy is to champion a commitment to excellence by providing high quality patient centered care resulting in positive patient outcomes," stated Dr. Lisa Laurent, chief medical officer at CHI St. Alexius Health Bismarck. “This recognition exemplifies the dedication of our physicians, medical staff and employees to provide the safest care to the patients we serve.”
To learn more about Leapfrog or the grade of other hospitals in our region visit here.
CHI St. Alexius Health officially announced the formation of its regional health care system on April 19, 2016. The system is the largest health care delivery system in central and western North Dakota and is comprised of a tertiary hospital in Bismarck, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) in Carrington, Dickinson, Devils Lake, Garrison, Turtle Lake, Washburn and Williston and numerous clinics and outpatient services. CHI St. Alexius Health manages five CAHs in North Dakota - Ashley, Elgin, Linton, and Wishek, as well as Mobridge Regional Medical Center in Mobridge, S.D.