St. Elizabeth Hospital

St. Elizabeth Hospital Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Spring 2017


Gonzales, April 13, 2017 – St. Elizabeth Hospital was one of 823 hospitals in the United States to receive an ‘A’ ranking by the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, placing it among the safest hospitals in the country. The new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were announced on April 12th.

We continually strive to provide the safest and best quality care to our patients on a daily basis. To be recognized as a national leader for safety in hospital care is a great honor to our hospital and its staff members. I, along with St. Elizabeth’s board members and our health system’s senior leadership, am thrilled at this recognition and most thankful for the dedication of our team members and medical staff to the ministry and the people we are so privileged to serve,” said St. Elizabeth Hospital Chief Executive Officer, Robert Burgess.

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see St. Elizabeth Hospital’s full grade visit

About St. Elizabeth Hospital

St. Elizabeth Hospital is a 78-bed acute care facility located in Gonzales, Louisiana. The hospital is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, a 1,800 bed, five-hospital system serving nearly 60% of Louisiana’s population. St. Elizabeth Hospital currently employs over 500 team members, and is affiliated with St. Elizabeth Physicians, a primary care and specialist practice employing over 50 physicians and practitioners. 

St. Elizabeth Hospital has been recognized five times as the Hospital of the Year by the Louisiana Nurses Foundation, has twice been named to the 100 Best Places to Work in Healthcare® by Modern Healthcare Magazine, and has received numerous other awards for quality. The hospital has continued to strive to live out its mission to serve those most in need by providing the highest quality healthcare delivered in a compassionate manner.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Our Lady of the Lake

Our Lady of the Lake is a not-for-profit 800-bed medical center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with more than 7,100 employees committed to building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With a Regional Medical Center, dedicated Children’s Hospital, two freestanding emergency rooms, and a 450-provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally-invasive procedures and more. In 2016, Our Lady of the Lake was one of three hospitals recognized by the American Hospital Association with the Quest for Quality Prize award. Visit for more information.

About Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital

Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is Louisiana’s fastest growing children’s hospital treating more than 100,000 patients annually from across Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The hospital is the only healthcare provider in the Baton Rouge area that provides a full range of pediatric services ranging from a 24/7 pediatric emergency room to a team of more than 100 pediatricians and pediatric specialists. For more information, visit

The new freestanding Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital is currently under construction and is set to open in 2019. To learn more about the project, visit

About the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

The Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System is one the largest healthcare systems in Louisiana and is the leading healthcare provider for more than half the state’s population. The health system is a non-profit, Catholic organization sponsored by the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady. Headquartered in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, we serve patients statewide through a network of hospitals, clinics, physicians, elderly housing and integrated systems. Our five hospitals include St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge, Our Lady of Lourdes Regional Medical Center in Lafayette, St. Elizabeth Hospital in Gonzales and Our Lady of the Angels in Bogalusa. For more information, visit

About Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group

With more than 450 healthcare providers throughout more than 70 locations, Our Lady of the Lake Physician Group is one of the area’s largest physician networks. In addition to primary care, this experienced group of doctors specializes in diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of illnesses and complex medical problems.