Lahey Clinic, Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

November 30, 2012

Burlington, Mass. – Lahey Clinic, Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital were honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“We are so proud to receive an “A” Hospital Safety Score at each of the three main Lahey Health facilities. The score reinforces our commitment to keep our patients safe, which is always our number one priority across the system,” said Howard Grant, JD, MD, president and CEO of Lahey Health.

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate the Lahey Health hospitals for their safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see the scores earned by Lahey Clinic, Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Lahey Health

Lahey Health is what’s next in healthcare providing integrated services and the full continuum of care locally. It is comprised of award-winning hospitals – including an academic hospital and medical center and community hospitals -- primary care providers, specialist physicians, behavioral health services and senior care resources and services throughout Northeastern Massachusetts.

Lahey Health comprises more than 1,200 nationally-recognized locally-based physicians offering clinical excellence in primary care and virtually every medical specialty, including kidney and liver transplantation; cancer, cardiovascular and orthopedic care and surgery; local emergency and trauma care; and pediatric emergency, infant and inpatient care provided in collaboration with Boston Children’s Hospital.

Lahey Health includes Lahey Hospital & Medical Center and Lahey Clinic physician group in Burlington, (formerly Lahey Clinic) – a teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine; Beverly Hospital; Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester; Lahey Health Senior Care (formerly Northeast Senior Health) and Lahey Health Behavioral Services (formerly Northeast Behavioral Health) as well as primary care physician practices in 15 cities and towns, multiple outpatient and satellite specialty care facilities, behavioral health centers and programs in more than 30 towns and communities, an assisted living center and 2 skilled nursing facilities.

Lahey Health is a nonprofit system of care. For more information, visit LaheyHealth.org and its member websites www.lahey.org and www.beverlyhospital.org.

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