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Mercy Hospital Springfield is honored by The Leapfrog Group.
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Mercy Hospital Springfield is honored by The Leapfrog Group.

Mercy’s Springfield campus named a top hospital

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Mercy Springfield Communities was named one of the top hospitals in the nation in a new report.

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit watchdog and advocacy organization for health care, included the local campus and Mercy Hospital St. Louis on its list released today. The two Mercy hospitals were the only health care centers in Missouri on the list.

Mercy Hospital Springfield was named among 53 top teaching hospitals. The Leapfrog Group honored 118 hospitals, including 35 general, 17 rural and 13 children’s centers.

For teaching hospitals — those that are affiliated with a medical school, in this case, Mercy College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Southwest Baptist University, and have medical or nursing students working in it — Leapfrog officials considered metrics such as patient safety, quality, resource use standards, the adoption of technology to reduce adverse drug events and intensive care unit staffing.

“Being acknowledged as a top hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than 6 percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, in a news release from Mercy. “With this honor, Mercy Hospital Springfield has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients requires motivation and drive from every team member.”

Leapfrog’s top hospitals list is based on survey submissions from nearly 1,900 hospitals. Mercy’s local campus also recently received an A grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Guide.

Mercy Hospital Springfield operates as an 866-bed referral center, according to the release.

“Receiving accolades from organizations with stringent scoring methods for safety and quality is a testament to the outstanding efforts of our entire team,” said Jon Swope, president of Mercy Springfield Communities, in the release.

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