Norwood Hospital Awarded "A" for Patient Safety Once Again

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

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Norwood Hospital was honored for the second time this year with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores 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 is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families. Among the many key measures for the award, Norwood Hospital received a best performance score of 100 for its nursing staff, which relates to how a hospital keeps patients safe and reduces safety risks.

“It’s an honor to once again be recognized by The Leapfrog Group with the top score for patient safety, which is always our number one priority,” said Emily Holliman, Norwood Hospital president. “I greatly appreciate the dedication of our patient care staff for the quality of their care and the work they do for our patients every day,”

“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 Norwood Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see Norwood Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

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.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) 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. 


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