BETH ISRAEL DEACONESS HOSPITAL - PLYMOUTH RECEIVES SIXTH STRAIGHT ‘A’ FOR PATIENT SAFETY
PLYMOUTH, MA – For the sixth time in a row, BID-Plymouth has received an ‘A’ grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group--the nation’s leading nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety. BID-Plymouth is one of 750 hospitals in the United States awarded an “A” and shares this distinction with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton—part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center family of hospitals.
“At all levels of care, we are committed to providing our patients with an extraordinary patient experience,” says Donna Doherty, RN, Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “The Leapfrog recognition highlights the exceptional work that our nurses, physicians, hospital staff, and volunteers do every day to ensure great patient outcomes in a safe environment.
The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
“BID-Plymouth strives to be a leader in providing compassionate, safely delivered care. We are delighted that The Leapfrog Group has affirmed our efforts by giving us an “A” grade for the third year in a row,” said Judy VanTilburg, RN, Senior Director, Quality and Patient Safety, BID-Plymouth.
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’s calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. To see our full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”
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 Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth is a not-for-profit organization serving 12 towns in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties. BID-Plymouth is part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center family of hospitals. Established in 1901 as Jordan Hospital, BID-Plymouth is a full-service, 164-bed acute care community hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, the College of American Pathologists, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and the American College of Radiology. www.bidplymouth.org