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Holy Family Hospital Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

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Holy Family Hospital has again been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.  The A score is the highest national distinction for excellence awarded by The Leapfrog Group. The latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM was released today (12/14/12). A, B, C, D or F scores are assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and provides the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

Holy Family Hospital is committed to patient safety and the Leapfrog award is one of many distinctions we have received from nationally recognized quality experts for our exceptional care,” said Lester Schindel, President of Holy Family Hospital. “I am extremely proud of the entire Holy Family team for this well-earned accomplishment - it is another wonderful testament to the quality of care we provide.”

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Holy Family Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see Holy Family Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score web site which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available on the same web site. 

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).  

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About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Holy Family Hospital, a Steward Family Hospital

Holy Family Hospital, a member of Steward Health Care, is a 261-bed acute-care hospital serving some 450,000 people in 20 communities throughout the Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire, including Methuen, Lawrence, Andover, North Andover and Haverhill, MA; and Salem, NH. Holy Family is fully accredited and has proudly received the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission, the world leader in evaluating the quality and safety of patient care. Our Regional Center for Orthopedic Care has also earned The Joint Commission’s Disease Specific Certification for hip and knee surgeries. For six consecutive years, our Cancer Center has held the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) Commission on Cancer (CoC). Learn more about Holy Family Hospital's programs and services.

Media Contact: 
Anna Frankenfield
Holy Family Hospital
978-687-0156, ext. 2659


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