South Shore Hospital, part of South Shore Health, has earned an “A” safety grade rating from The Leapfrog Group, a designation that ranks the hospital among the safest in the Greater Boston area and the United States.
The spring 2020 rating marks the third consecutive time that South Shore Hospital has earned the group’s highest safety grade.
“Safety and quality is our number one priority,” said Rose Di Pietro, MSN, MBA, RN, Interim President & CEO of South Shore Health, the parent organization of South Shore Hospital. “As we battle the challenging COVID-19 pandemic, I have never been more proud of our healthcare workers and hospital leadership for their extraordinary service and tremendous dedication to patient safety. Receiving an ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group validates and demonstrates our ‘safety first’ approach and consistency in practice.”
South Shore Hospital’s safety and quality measurements also included top-tier services which are unique to the region, including: the only verified and designated Level II Trauma Center south of Boston (including the Cape and Islands); the only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) located in a community hospital in Massachusetts; the only hospital in Southeastern Massachusetts with 24-hour access to primary angioplasty, a life-saving heart treatment.
Known as the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, safety ratings of A, B, C, D and F are assigned twice a year to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. South Shore Hospital was awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients’ safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
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 letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals bi-annually.
The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see South Shore Hospital’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.