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Saint Anne’s Hospital earns second consecutive “Top Hospital” Award for quality care

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Fall River, MA – Saint Anne’s Hospital has been named today as one of 35 Top General Hospitals in the United States by The Leapfrog Group.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive, this is Saint Anne’s second consecutive annual “Top Hospital” Award. The recognition also follows Saint Anne’s recent “Straight A” grade for hospital safety, earned annually since its inception in 2012.

Steward’s Holy Family Hospital in Haverhill and Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River are the only two general hospitals in Massachusetts to earn this year’s Top Hospital designations.

“We are gratified to be recognized by the Leapfrog Group as one of just six percent of America’s top hospitals in achieving important goals in quality of care and patient safety,” said Michael Bushell, president of Saint Anne’s. “Each and every day, the commitment of our frontline staff and medical staff to deliver the highest quality of care, with compassion and excellence, is evident. We are grateful for their expertise and humanity and for steadfastly fostering a culture of safety for our patients and the communities we serve.”

Of nearly 1,900 hospitals in the country rated for a variety of important criteria, Saint Anne’s “Top Hospital” distinction is recognized nationally among just 35 general hospitals, 13 children’s hospitals, 17 rural hospitals, and 53 teaching hospitals.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, inpatient care management, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Saint Anne’s has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Fall River requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

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