Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton was recently awarded a fifth consecutive “A” grade in the Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2017 Hospital Safety Score report.
Leapfrog, a national patient safety organization, provides letter grades to more than 2,500 hospitals nationwide on a bi-annual schedule based on how well the hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections.
According to Leapfrog, an “A” grade is one of the most significant honors a hospital can achieve and one of the most important indicators of patient safety. 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 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed and fully transparent.
Leapfrog states that only 32% of hospitals nationally earn an “A” grade.
“Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is committed to excellence in quality of care, patient safety and experience,” said Richard Fernandez, president and CEO. “Receiving five consecutive “A” grades from Leapfrog, a nationally respected patient safety group, is the result of our robust, organization-wide patient safety program and our physicians’ and staff’s commitment to providing the best, safest care possible day in and day out.”
Added Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group: “Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge in any hospital. We recognize and appreciate Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s vigilance and continued dedication to keeping its patients safe. This honor, conferred by the nation’s leading voice for hospital safety now in its 17th year of advocacy, is the recognized gold standard measure of a hospital’s success in keeping its patients from avoidable harm. All of the staff at BID-Milton should be proud of this achievement.”
In addition to the “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group, BID-Milton was recognized last year with a 4 star rating, on a scale of one to five, by Hospital Compare, a federal government, consumer-oriented website created by Medicare and the Hospital Quality Alliance. BID-Milton was the only hospital in the greater South Shore area to earn four stars. No hospital in the area achieved five stars.
To see BID-Milton’s full score and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.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.