Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety

Date: April 13, 2017

The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Score Recognizes BID–Needham with “A” grade 

NEEDHAM, MASS.—Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID–Needham) has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety with an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2017 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections. BID–Needham was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. In addition, in a recent survey of employees conducted by Press Ganey, an independent third party, the hospital measured in the 96th percentile among regional hospitals for providing a Culture of Safety.

“The highest priority for our hospital is bringing outstanding care to the community, delivered in the safest, most effective way possible,” said Gregory McSweeney, MD, Chief Medical Officer, BID–Needham. “We applaud The Leapfrog Group’s efforts to promote transparency in patient care, and we remain committed to building upon all of our recent successes in patient safety measures.”

“BID-Needham is dedicated to creating the safest environment for our patients to receive the highest quality care,” said Connie CrowleyGanser, MS, RN, the hospital’s Senior Director, Health Care Quality and Patient Safety. “Building this culture of safety starts with our work force—we also rank in the 97th percentile of our peer group for job satisfaction, as shown in our third-party employee survey. Receiving the ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog group is truly a testament to our engaged staff, who work together to ensure the best experience for our patients.”

“It’s very gratifying to witness first-hand our employees' commitment to quality and patient safety on display every day, at every level of our organization,” said John M. Fogarty, President and CEO of BID–Needham. “Seeing that commitment acknowledged with the highest measure of patient safety is a great honor. The recognition of our significant efforts to strengthen our culture of patient safety is possible because of the tremendous work of our staff.”

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, ‘have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

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 is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see BID–Needham’s full score and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit