system in the state to receive straight A’s from The Leapfrog Group
Burlington, MA (October 31, 2017) – The hospitals
within the Lahey Health System perform exceptionally well when it comes to
patient safety, according to ratings recently released from The Leapfrog Group.
Every hospital in the system – Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Winchester
Hospital, Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital – each received the
highest possible “A” rating in the agency’s fall patient safety scores.
Lahey Health is the only system in Massachusetts where every hospital
received an “A” rating.
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit watchdog organization
focusing on quality and safety in American hospitals, assigns letter grades of
A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in
preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.
“Every day our employees and staff work tirelessly to provide the
highest quality care to our patients and their families,” said Howard Grant,
JD, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lahey Health. “We are honored
to be recognized for our commitment to patient safety and for the exceptional
care our hospitals are providing the communities.”
Hospital Safety Score is used to rate hospitals for patient safety and is designed
to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their
families when facing a hospital stay.
“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the
highest standards of patient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals
for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog
Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, Board, management and staff of Lahey
Health for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses national performance measures
from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Leapfrog
Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Hospital
Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement.
The peer-reviewed Safety Grade includes 30 measures, all currently in
use by national measurement and reporting programs, and is assigned to more
than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals across the nation twice annually.
A full description of the data and methodology used in determining
grades is available online at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
About Lahey Health
Lahey Health is an integrated health care system committed to providing
the full continuum of health care services close to where patients live and
work. The system is comprised of nationally recognized, award-winning
hospitals, physicians, behavioral health services, and post-acute programs
including home health services, skilled nursing and rehabilitation facilities,
and senior care resources. Lahey Health includes nearly 1,400 locally based physicians throughout northeastern Massachusetts and southern New
Hampshire. Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center; Beverly
Gilbert Hospital; Winchester
Health Continuing Care and Lahey Health Behavioral Services, more
than 30 primary care physician practices, and multiple outpatient and satellite
specialty care facilities. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org.
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.