BID-Needham gets ‘A’ grade for safety from the Leapfrog Group
Needham, Mass. – Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham (BID-Needham) received an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital for providing safe care and protecting patients from harm. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety.
“At BID-Needham, patient safety is at the core of everything we do,” said John M. Fogarty, president of BID-Needham. “We are proud to receive an ‘A’ grade this fall from The Leapfrog Group, as this award reflects the hard work and commitment of our clinicians and staff to providing outstanding care for our patients – this year especially, as our community continues to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to more than 2,600 general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. The grade is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for BID-Needham. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see BID-Needham’s full ‘A’ grade details, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.
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), 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 part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a new health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,000 physicians and 35,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through ground-breaking research and education.
Lindsey Diaz-MacInnis | Ldiaz2@bilh.org
Media Relations Manager