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Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton Awarded an “A” For Patient Safety by the Leapfrog Group

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (formerly Milton Hospital), was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score 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, assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

“This award is a direct result of our staff’s unending daily commitment to patient safety and excellence,” said BID-Milton’s Interim CEO, Doris Sinkevich.  “We are so proud to be recognized by the Leapfrog Group and even more proud of our employees who have made this achievement possible.”

This is the second time this year that BID-Milton has received an “A” for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group.  In addition to this distinction, BID-Milton was also recognized in July by a major consumer research magazine as one of Massachusetts’ leading hospitals for patient safety and quality care, ranking sixth among Massachusetts hospitals.

“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 Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see BID-Milton’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which 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.  Less than one third of hospitals rated by the Leapfrog Group receive this exceptional distinction.

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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