The Vision of OSF HealthCare lets everyone know why we do what we do: To improve the lives of those we serve. That means constantly striving to deliver the highest quality health care with the best outcomes, not just for those who come to us for care but for everyone in our communities. That means treating the whole person, and enabling wellness along with caring for illness. And when those efforts leads to recognition, we’re gratified because we know we are indeed making a positive difference in the lives of those we serve.

OSF HealthCare was ranked as one of the top performing health care systems in the nation by Truven, a health care analytics research company, for the second year in a row in 2016.

OSF HealthCare was the only large health care system in Illinois to be ranked in the top 20 percent of the 101 large systems reviewed by Truven. The rankings are based on publicly reported data.

“OSF HealthCare is proud to be recognized again by Truven as a top performing health care system,” said Kevin Schoeplein, OSF HealthCare chief executive officer. “We appreciate the recognition and unbiased confirmation of the great work all of our Mission Partners perform for the communities we serve each and every day.”

The top performing health care systems were those that overall saved more lives, caused fewer patient complications, followed industry-recommended standards closely, released patients from the hospital sooner and readmitted patients less frequently.

“Across OSF HealthCare, we continuously identify and address issues to enhance the health and well-being of those we serve,” said Stephen Hippler, MD, OSF HealthCare Chief Clinical Officer. “We have developed collaborative workgroups around our surgical care, which has led to improved surgical safety. We have decreased the number of urinary catheter days by almost 1,000 with a resultant decrease in hospital acquired urinary tract infections. These are just a few examples of the constant work our Mission Partners do to provide the safest care.”

Truven measured 10 categories, including patient safety, patient mortality, readmission rates, average length of stay, complications, and patient satisfaction.

When the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades were released in fall 2016, it was no surprise to see that OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington and OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg had both received “As.”

Both hospitals have received the national patient safety watchdog’s highest grade every year since 2012, when the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade was created to provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. Only 72 hospitals out of over 2,600 across the country have attained this honor.

“Protecting patients from harm is one of the most important responsibilities of any hospital,” said Chad Boore, President, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center. “By earning straight A’s for patient safety, we can definitively say OSF St. Joseph is one of the safest hospitals in the county. It’s a point of pride for our physicians and staff, but more importantly, it’s assurance for our patients that they are receiving the best care possible.”

“Earning an “A” grade once again from The Leapfrog Group is a testament to the hard work all of our Mission Partners put forth in caring for those who come to us for care,” said Roxanna Crosser, President, OSF St. Mary Medical Center. “It’s a point of pride for our staff, making sure our patients’ safety is always at the forefront of what we do.”

Also earning an “A” were OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac and OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa. Across the country, only 844 hospitals received an “A” grade last fall.

OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria and OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford were two of 658 hospitals to receive a “B”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year.

For the fifth year in a row, OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety with an “A” grade in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

The Hospital Safety Score is administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The Score is designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

OSF Saint Anthony’s was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking it among the safest hospitals in the United States.

OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center President Ajay Pathak said “Our continued recognition and A rating by The Leapfrog Group reaffirms our commitment to ensuring the highest quality of care – for every patient, every visit.”
Three other OSF HealthCare Acute Care Hospitals also earned A grades for Spring 2016: OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington, OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg, and OSF Saint Elizabeth Medical Center in Ottawa Ill.

Leapfrog’s 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 April 2016, with about 31-percent receiving an A grade.

The Hospital Safety “A” grade is the second quality care honor awarded to OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center in as many months. In April, Saint Anthony’s received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award by Healthgrades, a leading online resource for physicians and hospitals nationally.

The Healthgrades Award recognizes hospitals that provide an overall outstanding patient experience, and is based on actual patient surveys. OSF Saint Anthony’s was one of 22 hospitals in the state of Illinois receiving the honor, presented to hospitals across the country.

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center reached a prestigious new milestone in 2016 when it made the list of the Leapfrog Group’s Top Hospitals for the first time.

Only 115 hospitals in the U.S. made the Top Hospitals list. That is less than six percent of eligible hospitals in the nation. OSF St. Joseph was on of 58 hospitals that received a Top General Hospital distinction, thanks to the medical center’s commitment to patient safety and quality. Nine hospitals were named to the Top Children’s Hospitals list, 21 made the Top Rural Hospitals list, and 29 were named to the Top Teaching Hospitals list.

“OSF St. Joseph is blessed with some of the best health care professionals in the country, and the Leapfrog Top Hospital Award is a testimony to that,” said Chad Boore, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center president. “For our community, this distinction means they have access to a local hospital that is in a very elite group nationwide. Our patients can absolutely expect safe, high quality care every time.”

The selection of Top Hospitals is based on the results of the 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

“With this honor, OSF St. Joseph Medical Center has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care,” said Leah Binder, president and chief executive officer of The Leapfrog Group. Providing this level of care to patients in the Bloomington-Normal community requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

OSF St. Joseph is also one of only 98 hospitals in the United States to earn an A rating for patient safety every year since the Leapfrog Group began giving letter grades in 2012.

The status of OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center as the Rockford region’s top cardiovascular hospital received a boost in 2016 when a national health analytics firm named OSF Saint Anthony as a 2017 Top 50 Cardio Hospital in the nation.

The hospitals on Truven Health’s list of Top 50 Cardio Hospitals all had significantly higher inpatient survival; fewer patients with complications; higher 30-day survival rates for acute myocardial infarction, heart failure and coronary artery bypass grafting; lower readmission rates; lower average lengths of stay; and between $1,200 and $6,100 less in costs per patient case.

The OSF Saint Anthony team is dedicated to quality outcomes and providing the highest level of care to every patient, every time,” says OSF Saint Anthony President Paula Carynski. “It is extremely satisfying that commitment is being recognized by such a prestigious firm.”

OSF Saint Anthony performs more than 60 percent of all cardiovascular procedures in Rockford, and is also the only hospital in the region that performs Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement surgery for patients with stenosis for whom traditional open heart surgery is not an option.

“The dedication of the OSF Saint Anthony cardiovascular team is unmatched in our region,” said Dr. Thomas Isaacson, Medical Vice President Cardiovascular Service Line at Saint Anthony. “Every person, from the surgeons to the nurses and therapists, make this type of quality possible every day. The willingness of each OSF cardio employee to embrace the work of learning, to scrutinize the “usual,” and to be open to all of the many possibilities, touches all of our patients and adds value to the care we provide, with the greatest care and love.”

Truven Health based its conclusion on an analysis of publicly available clinical, operational and financial performance data.

OSF St. Joseph Medical Center was named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of “100 Hospitals and Health Systems with Great Heart Programs” in 2016, in recognition for a track record of superb performance.

“This list has many of the very best and recognized cardiovascular programs in the country. It is certainly good company to keep,” said Ken Berkovitz, chief executive officer of the OSF HealthCare Cardiovascular Service Line.

The hospitals on the list are national leaders in cardiovascular care that have received recognition for excellence for procedures like heart bypass, valve surgeries and the treatment of heart failure and heart attack patients. These hospitals also support heart education and disease prevention efforts.

“It is an honor to receive national recognition for the work we do every day,” said Chad Boore, President of St. Joseph Medical Center. “The OSF investment in cardiovascular services cultivates the best environment possible for our clinical staff. This translates to top-of-the-line patient care that truly sets St. Joseph apart.”

At OSF St. Joseph, 90 percent of coronary artery bypass surgery cases are performed as beating-heart surgery, so patients avoid the heart lung machine. Heart care specialists also take a team approach that benefits from cardiovascular surgeons, hospitalists and staff working together to treat each patient.

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report rated OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford and OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington as High Performing, the highest ranking possible.

These ratings represent better care and better outcomes for patients treated by these OSF HealthCare facilities, compared with other hospitals across the nation.

OSF Saint Francis was recognized for its treatment of eight common medical conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), colon cancer surgery, heart bypass surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement, and lung cancer surgery.

“This recognition by U.S. News & World Report is a testament to the high level of care our entire staff works to provide all who come to us for care every day,” said Mike Cruz, MD, president, OSF Saint Francis.

OSF Saint Anthony received its rating for the treatment of four conditions: COPD, heart failure, hip replacement and knee replacement.

“For more than 115 years, OSF HealthCare has been dedicated to the health and medical needs of our region and always strive for quality care and excellence. To get confirmation of that effort from a respected publication is very satisfying for our caregivers,” said Paula Carynski, president, OSF Saint Anthony.

Recognition for OSF St. Joseph was bestowed for expertise treating four medical conditions: abdominal aortic aneurysm repair, COPD, colon cancer surgery and heart failure.

“This speaks to our expertise across multiple disciplines,” said Dr. Paul Pedersen, chief medical officer, OSF St. Joseph. “It celebrates the dedication of our clinical staff, as well as the emphasis we place on patient care. Our performance in these areas is important to the overall health of our community, and we are proud to be nationally recognized.”

The U.S. News & World Report hospital rating system includes data from nearly 5,000 centers across multiple clinical specialties, procedures and conditions. Scores are based on a variety of patient outcome and care-related factors, such as patient safety, infection prevention and nurse staffing. Hospitals are given a scorecard rating of High Performing, Average or Below Average in a number of specialties. If a hospital earns a High Performing rating, the care received at that facility was significantly better than the national average.

Both OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg and OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center in Pontiac were named a Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals in the U.S. in 2016 by iVantage, a health analytics company.

The OSF HealthCare facilities were two of only four hospitals in Illinois to make the list.

“We’re proud to be included in iVantage’s list,” said Brad Solberg, president of OSF Saint James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center. “They use quite a few metrics so it really shines the light on results which is quality care for our patients and our communities. It certainly reflects the work of our Mission Partners and our providers striving to exceed the expectations of every patient every day in every setting.”

OSF St. Mary and OSF Saint James both scored in the top 100 of rural and community hospitals on iVantage’s Hospital Strength INDEX. The INDEX is the industry’s most comprehensive rating of rural and critical access hospitals. The results recognize that the Top 100 Rural & Community Hospitals play a key role in providing a safety net to communities across America – measuring them across more than 70 different performance metrics, including quality, outcomes, patient perspective, affordability, population risk and efficiency.

“At OSF St. Mary Medical Center, we are continuously looking for ways to better serve the growing health needs of the community,” said Roxanna Crosser, president, OSF St. Mary. “This national recognition from iVantage validates the dedicated service of our Mission Partners for the exceptional care they provide each and every day.”