Massachusetts is a standard bearer of hospital safety once again. There’s room for improvement, though.
By Mike Carraggi, Patch National Staff, April 24, 2018
A nationwide hospital safety analysis has found that 30 hospitals in Massachusetts received an “A” grade for preventing medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections, which collectively are the third leading cause of death in America. The Bay State had one of the highest percentages of “A” hospitals in the country, while there were no hospitals receiving anything lower than a “C.”
The Leapfrog Group released it’s bi-yearly hospital safety grades on Tuesday, finding that hospitals overall have improved in reducing the number of avoidable deaths. The group assessed roughly 2,500 hospitals nationwide – 30 percent earned an “A,” 28 percent earned a “B,” 35 percent a “C,” 6 percent a “D” and 1 percent an “F.”
“The national numbers on death and harm in hospitals have alarmed us for decades. What we see in the new round of Safety Grades are signs of many hospitals making significant improvements in their patient safety record,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog, said in a release.
The assessment system assigns school-style letter grades to general acute-care hospitals. The hope is to determine a patient’s risk of further injury or infection if they visit a certain hospital.
Read more below to see a list of the hospitals that received an “A” from Leapfrog. You can see which ones received a “B” or “C” here.
- Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester
- Berkshire Medical Hospital, Pittsfield
- Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham
- Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth
- Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton
- Beverly Hospital
- Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, Boston
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
- Cape Cod Hospital, Hyannis
- CHA Everett Hospital
- Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River
- Emerson Hospital, Concord
- Hallmark Health System Melrose-Wakefield Hospital
- Heywood Hospital, Gardner
- Holy Family Hospital, Methuen
- Holy Family Hospital at Merrimack Valley, Haverhill
- Holyoke Medical Center
- Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Burlington
- Lawrence General Hospital
- Leonard Morse Hospital, Natick
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Newton-Wellesely Hospital, Newton
- Saint Anne’s Hospital, Fall River
- Signature Healthcare Brockton Hospital
- South Shore Hospital, South Weymouth
- St. Vincent Hospital, Worcester
- St. Luke’s Hospital, New Bedford
- Sturdy Memorial Hospital, Attleboro
- Tobey Hospital, Wareham
- Winchester Hospital
Among the findings nationally, five hospitals that received an “A” grade for the first time this year previously received an “F” grade, the group said, and 46 hospitals earned an “A” for the first time since the grading system began six years ago.
Leapfrog said its analysis showed 89 hospitals that had previously received “D” or “F” ratings had improved to an “A” this year.
Rhode Island, Hawaii, Wisconsin and Idaho all previously ranked near the bottom of the state rankings with low percentages of “A” hospitals, but now all rank in the top 10.
Here are some of the other findings:
- The five states with the highest percentage of “A” hospitals this spring are Hawaii, Idaho, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Virginia
- Ten states have hospitals with “F” grades are California, the District of Columbia, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey and New York
Leapfrog says you shouldn’t refuse emergency care because of a bad safety grade. They’re meant to be used as a guide for planned events and a research tool for potential emergencies.
Patch reporters Dan Hampton and Feroze Dhanoa contributed to this report.