Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety with an “A” grade in the Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections. In earning the “A” grade, BID-Milton recorded its highest compiled score ever. Only 31 percent of general hospitals in the United States earn an “A” grade.
An “A” grade is one of the most significant honors a hospital can achieve and one of the most important indicators of patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by the Leapfrog Group, a national, non-profit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give consumers information they can use to ensure the highest level of safety during a hospital visit.
“Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton has made significant investments in staff and resources to create robust patient safety and healthcare quality programs based on nationally accepted best practices,” said Ashley Yeats, MD, vice president of healthcare quality and chief medical officer at BID-Milton. “Among the investments is staffing our Intensive Care Unit with full-time, board-certified critical care specialist physicians which also allows us to treat more patients locally.”
In addition to BID-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and its other member hospitals Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth also received “A” grades in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score.
“This significant achievement in patient safety is due to our great team of care providers here at BID-Milton and the result of all they do, day in and day out, to provide outstanding care and to keep our patients safe,” explained Peter Healy, president and CEO.
“Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge BID-Milton, and all other A hospitals, to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.”
Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score that reflects a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general hospitals in the United States were assigned scores in October 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an A grade.
The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Now, for the first time, patients can also review a hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.
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.