Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham Earns Safety Accolades

Date: November 20, 2017

BID–Needham receives The Leapfrog Group’s “A” grade, The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission and a CMS Four-Star Rating

NEEDHAM, MASS.—Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID–Needham) has been recognized for its commitment to safety from The Leapfrog Group, The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). The hospital received an “A” grade in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 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. 

The hospital received The Gold Seal of Approval® from The Joint Commission for maintaining the highest standards of quality and safety, effective for three years. The Joint Commission completed a comprehensive, system-wide, three-day survey in late-August with a team of surveyors who evaluated compliance with national standards for quality of care, leadership and systems design, emergency management, environment of care, infection prevention and control, and medication management among other areas.

CMS recently gave the hospital a four-star rating out of five-stars in its Overall Hospital Quality Star Rating data. A four-out-of-five-star rating is higher than the national average of three-out-of-five-stars.

“We are proud to receive another ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group and the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission,” said Gregory McSweeney, MD, chief medical officer, BID–Needham. “Providing the highest-quality care is ingrained in our culture and our highest priority. We are committed to building on these successes to ensure that our patients have the best possible experience.” 

“BID–Needham’s commitment is on display every day, and it is because of the high-engagement of our staff and leaders who work together to create the safest environment for patients to receive care,” said Connie CrowleyGanser, MS, RN, the hospital’s senior director, Health Care Quality and Patient Safety.

“These recognitions of our commitment to high-quality care and patient safety are possible because of the tremendous work of our staff, clinicians and our boards of trustees and advisors,” said John M. Fogarty, president and CEO of BID–Needham. “Seeing that commitment acknowledged with these national measures of patient safety is a great honor and a reflection of our outstanding employees.”