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Illinois Fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Patient Safety Grades Announced

By MBGH Information posted 11-09-2021 11:00 PM


State falls to 24 from 17 for US ranking of states with highest number of A graded hospitals


CHICAGO – November 10, 2021 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in Illinois by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH), announced the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

The independent grading system assigns letter grades to general hospitals across the US based on over 30 national measures of preventable errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The fall 2021 grades represent the largest set of hospitals ever graded with 2,901 facilities across the country. 

Statewide, 116 hospitals were graded, and 33 earned an A, 32 earned a B, 45 earned a C, five earned a D, and one hospital earned an F. Leapfrog has assigned letter grades twice annually since spring 2012. Of note, four Illinois hospitals have maintained straight As for 20 consecutive grading periods:

  • Elmhurst Memorial Hospital
  • Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital (Winfield)
  • OSF St. Mary Medical Center (Galesburg)
  • University of Chicago Medical Center 

“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade supports patients and their families in Illinois when they need hospital care and the commitment of hospitals to fundamental safety practices can save lives,” said Cheryl Larson, MBGH president and CEO. “Our employer members watch the twice-yearly grades closely to guide their employees and their families to the safest hospitals.” 

MBGH, a non-profit organization representing employer purchasers of health care, and the Leapfrog Group’s Illinois Regional Leader, annually encourages Illinois hospitals to participate in Leapfrog’s online patient safety survey.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

“The Leapfrog Group thanks the health care workers in Illinois and nationwide who work so hard for their communities,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It’s important we recognize excellence, especially in times like these. But it’s also essential to know when hospitals fall short because lives are at stake. We see every day how hospitals can and will improve their safety when patients make clear it matters to them.”

For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, as well as individual grades and state rankings, please visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Facebook and Twitter.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The organization’s other main initiative, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.


About the Midwest Business Group on Health

MBGH is one of the nation’s leading non-profit employer coalitions of over 140 mid, large and jumbo self-funded public and private employers, representing over 4 million lives and annually spending over $12 billion on health care. Members consist of leading health benefit professionals, with activities focused on employer-directed education, research, benchmarking and community-based initiatives that increase the value of health benefits and health care services. For additional details visit and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.


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