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St. Vincent’s Southside and Riverside Receive “A” Hospital Safety Scores

October 29, 2015

The Leapfrog Group has again awarded St. Vincent’s Southside and Riverside “A” Hospital Safety Scores, the highest grade in patient safety. Leapfrog, an independent industry watchdog, designed the Hospital Safety Score to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. St. Vincent’s is a member of Ascension, the nation’s largest Catholic and non-profit healthcare system.

“St. Vincent’s HealthCare and Ascension are committed to transforming healthcare by providing compassionate, personalized care to all,” said St. Vincent’s HealthCare President & CEO, Mike Schatzlein, M.D. “This includes making sure our patients receive the safest, highest quality care possible. We are proud to be awarded this top score from The Leapfrog Group yet again.”

“St. Vincent’s Riverside’s and Southside’s A grades are a powerful reminder of their commitment to putting patient safety above all else,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe.” 

The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with about 31-percent receiving an “A” grade. St. Vincent’s Clay County has not yet been graded because the reporting time periods include dates in which it was not yet open.

The score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

To view the scores online, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at To learn more about St. Vincent’s HealthCare, visit