Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham earns 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital award for outstanding quality and safety

Date: December 07, 2021

BID Needham is one of 46 hospitals nationwide to receive the prestigious award

Needham, Mass. – Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID Needham) was named a Top General Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced today, the Top General Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.

“We are honored and humbled that BID Needham has been recognized as a Top General Hospital in the country by The Leapfrog Group,” said John Fogarty, president of BID Needham. “Even during the challenges and struggles of this past year, our staff, clinicians, and leadership have proven once again that they provide exceptional care to our patients and our community, which we are proud to care for and serve.”

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, BID Needham received a Top General Hospital distinction. A total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals, including:

  • 8 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 46 Top General Hospitals
  • 23 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 72 Top Teaching Hospitals

The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication and other errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are pleased to recognize Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham as a Top Hospital this year,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Even with the continued strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham has demonstrated an extraordinary dedication to excellent health care in the Needham community. We congratulate the board, leadership, staff and clinicians who put their patients first.”

In addition to receiving the Leapfrog Top Hospital award, recently BID Needham earned an “A” grade for its continued commitment to patient safety in the Fall 2021 Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. The ratings signify how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm, including medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit The Leapfrog Group's website.

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–Needham

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID Needham) is a licensed 58-bed acute care community hospital. BID Needham has served residents in Needham and surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The hospital has been recognized by several organizations for quality and safety, including five-out-of-five stars from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group, the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission and the 2019 American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Quality Achievement Award.

BID Needham is a part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 36,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education.

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