UCMC gets highest safety rating

By Benjamin Pokross

The University of Chicago Medical Center received an A grade as its Hospital Safety Score, released on Wednesday for Illinois hospitals.

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Scores grade acute care hospitals using a combination of “performance measures” from a variety of national organizations, including those of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. These scores take into consideration what happens to patients once they enter the hospital, such as accidental cuts or tears from medical treatment and wounds that break open after surgery.

Several other regional hospitals received exemplary scores, including Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Loyola Gottlieb Memorial Hospital.

However, the University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago, received a C.