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Fall River hospitals rank well in safety report with one getting straight A’s



Saint Anne’s, a Steward family hospital, was once again awarded an ‘A’ for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2019 Hospital grades. Saint Anne’s is one of only 41 “Straight A” hospitals in the United States to be awarded an ‘A’ every grading cycle since 2012.

“Saint Anne’s has received straight A’s from the Leapfrog Group since 2012 and our strong track record reflects our commitment to deliver top quality care to keep patients safe,” said Michael Bushell, President of Saint Anne’s. “Our investment in the latest patient monitoring technology and the collaborative learning environment among doctors and hospital staff have contributed to our journey to prevent patient harm. We look forward to continuing exceptional patient care.”

“Hospitals that have earned an ‘A’ grade for every cycle of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade are making patient safety the priority it needs to be in every acute-care hospital in the United States,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The leadership at these distinguished hospitals are committed to putting patients first, every minute of every day. Saint Anne’s continued focus in achieving an ‘A’ grade has exemplified the dedication required to provide safe care, which has in turn saved patient lives by preventing accidents, injuries, infections and errors.”

The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ and ‘F’ to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. It is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

Charlton Memorial Hospital also rated well by receiving an overall B grade. Charlton received high marks for doctors/nurses/staff, preventing errors, and low problems with surgery while performing below average in infections.

Massachusetts as a state ranked 4th safest in the country with 48.28% of hospitals receiving an A grade. The 48.28% is an improvement from the 44.07% received in 2018. Rhode Island came in 7th with a 42.86% A grade.

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