Southbridge, MA, April 12, 2017 – The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s leading nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety, today announced new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and Harrington Hospital once again earned an “A.” Harrington has achieved straight A’s since the inception of the Safety Grade in 2012, and is one of only 63 hospitals nationwide – and the only central Massachusetts hospital – to attain this honor.
“To be counted in the top 2% of hospitals in the country to consistently score high marks for hospital safety, and to be the singular central Massachusetts hospital to earn straight A’s since the inception of this program, says a lot about the commitment of our staff to keep patients safe every day within the Harrington HealthCare System,” said President and CEO Ed Moore.
The following Massachusetts hospitals have earned Straight As since 2012:
Berkshire Medical Center
Saint Anne’s Hospital
Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital
Cape Cod Hospital
Addison Gilbert Hospital
The “A” Leapfrog Safety is in addition to the announcement by Healthgrades last week that Harrington had made their list of the top 15% of hospitals in the nation to earn their 2017 Outstanding Patient Experience Award:
“Straight ‘A’ hospitals are a rare breed. Not only do they achieve the highest national standards for safety, but they consistently maintain that level of excellence,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That means that they put the well-being of their patients first, every hour of every day, year after year. We are proud to recognize that tireless commitment.”
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. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see Harrington’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.