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Some Illinois Teaching Hospitals Fail to Make the Grade

The Leapfrog Group is a non-profit that represents those that buy health benefits for employees. They perform an annual survey that assess hospitals. In their most recent survey, they found that Illinois teaching hospitals are barely even receiving a passing grade.

This rating was based on a variety of different areas, such as patient care outcomes, safety initiatives, and other information. The survey compiles the data from hospital responses and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. For hospitals that do not provide a response to the survey, information is gathered from CMS and the American Hospital Association.

Low Grades for Illinois’ Medical Providers

There are 114 hospitals rated through the survey, with 44% receiving A’s. However, the Illinois teaching hospitals located at the University of Illinois and Loyal University were only able to bring in C’s. They were among the 30 medical centers in the state that were barely able to get passing grades. Seven more hospitals in the state didn’t even get a passing grade.

Of the seven, five of the hospitals were located in Chicago:

  • Loretto, along the Eisenhower Expressway in the Austin neighborhood
  • Norwegian American in West Town
  • Sacred Heart Hospital in Humboldt Park, on Northwest Side
  • Roseland Community Hospital on the South Side
  • South Shore Hospital on the South Side.

Some of the hospitals responded by saying that they are commonly penalized by these poor ratings because they have a large number of patients who do not have the income to afford outpatient health care.

In comparison, there were numerous hospitals that received an A in Chicago:

  • Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
  • Advocate Trinity Hospital
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Resurrection Medical Center
  • Rush University Medical Center
  • St. Joseph Hospital of Chicago
  • Swedish Covenant Hospital
  • Thorek Memorial Hospital
  • University of Chicago Medical Center

Larry Boress, CEO of Midwest Business Group on Health was one of the promoters of the survey and commented, “We need consumers, physicians, hospital boards, health plans and purchasers to be aware of how their hospitals have scored and urge those not receiving an A to work toward that level of safety.”