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Despite handwashing concerns, OSF is still highest graded hospital in Rockford

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Despite handwashing concerns, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is determined to improve to an 'A" grade by Leapfrog standards.

ROCKFORD (WREX) — OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center earned the highest grade among hospitals in Rockford. 

OSF received a "B" grade in a recent watchdog report. Mercyhealth's Javon Bea Hospital, UW Health and FHN Memorial all received "C" grades. 

The hospitals are graded on 32 measures, including problems with surgery, safety problems and doctors, nurses & hospital staff. From there, each hospital is graded "below average," "average," or "above average."

Hospitals are then assigned a letter grade of A, B, C, D or F in order to provide a complete picture of patient safety. 

READ MORE: New report shows average grades for patient safety at local hospitals; we take a closer look at the grades

"We've already made very dramatic improvements," said Dr. Stephen Bartlett, chief medical officer at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center. "Since data lags by a year it takes a little while for improvements to show up."

The main concern for OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center was its handwashing procedures as data was not properly recorded. 

"We're putting some of our focus elsewhere," said Dr. Bartlett. "Not that we're not focusing on hygiene, it's just that we think that we're measuring it enough to know that we're doing a great job."

Dr. Bartlett says despite this, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is taking a determined approach to make sure its clients are safe.  

"We have a team that is meeting on a monthly basis to evaluate our data," said Dr. Bartlett. "To make sure the ones we're doing well on stay good and the ones that we need some improvement improve to a level so we can get a Leapfrog 'A'."

A grade Beloit Memorial Hospital received. The only organization in the Stateline to achieve that. 

The hospital's president put out a statement that said: 

“BHS is proud to have received our third consecutive ‘A’ rating, including our most recent “A” for the 2021 Fall Survey of “The Leapfrog Group.” 

The Leapfrog Group is a National Quality and Patient Safety “Watch Dog” group used by employers, insurance companies and the general public to evaluate provider Patient Safety and Quality. 

This reaffirms Beloit Health System’s commitment to take care of our Community. 

We are proud to be recognized as the safest Hospital in the region for patients and their families,” commented Tim McKevett, President and CEO.

OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center is confident it will join the A-List next time around. 

"This is very important to us and we believe that this is very important to our patients in the community that we have the best possible Leapfrog grade," said Dr. Bartlett. 

Calm, concerned, and determined is OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center to serve it's community. 

The reason why data was not recorded for handwashing was because OSF weren't doing enough observations. Leapfrog required 200 per-month and OSF felt like 100 per-month was enough for them. 

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