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Saint Anne’s Hospital once again earns Straight “A’s” for patient safety in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade



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Fall River, Mass. – The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, has announced the Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades and awarded Saint Anne’s Hospital the elite designation of ‘A’ for its continued achievement in patient safety.

Saint Anne’s is one of only 49 “Straight A” hospitals in the United States to be awarded an ‘A’ for every grading cycle since 2012.

“At Saint Anne’s Hospital, our collaborative and consistent efforts have truly made a difference for our patients,” said Carole Billington, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Saint Anne’s chief operating officer and chief nursing officer.

“In Massachusetts, just under 54% of general hospitals received an A safety grade, and in Rhode Island, 52.5% received an A,” said Billington. “Strong health care teams like ours reduce infection rates, put checks in place to prevent mistakes, and ensure strong lines of communication between hospital staff, patients, and families. If one person makes a mistake, there is a good team ready to catch that mistake. We applaud our staff’s diligence that helps to ensure that every patient receives the best possible care.”

“Only a very select group of hospitals nationally continue to earn an ‘A’ Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade year after year. It shows an unbroken commitment to protecting patients from preventable errors and accidents that harm and even kill too many people in our country every day. Thanks to Saint Anne’s Hospital for always putting their patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

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 an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D, and F grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see more details on Saint Anne’s performance, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit and follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

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