Quincy Medical Center, A Steward Family Hospital Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Quincy Medical Center has been 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 is the highest national distinction for excellence awarded by the Leapfrog Group.

The latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM was released this week. A, B, C, D or F scores are 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.

“Patient safety is our number one priority at Quincy Medical Center and the Leapfrog award is one of many distinctions we have received from nationally recognized quality experts for our exceptional care,” said Daniel Knell, President of Quincy Medical Center. “I am extremely proud of our highly skilled and committed staff and of the exceptional care our team provides to our patients.”

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

To see Quincy Medical Center’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. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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 – such as rate of pressure ulcers, nursing workforce staffing, and rate that surgery patients who received appropriate treatment to prevent blood clots at the right time -- to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 

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.

About Quincy Medical Center, A Steward Family Hospital
Established in 1890, Quincy Medical Center is a 196-bed acute care community hospital that provides high quality emergency, medical and surgical services to patients in Quincy and surrounding communities in a uniquely personal and compassionate manner.  QMC is a high value/lower cost provider with outcomes at or better than most national quality benchmarks. Quincy Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care System, the largest fully integrated community care organization and community hospital network in New England and the second largest private employer in Massachusetts. Headquartered in Boston, Steward has more than 17,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in 85 communities. For more information, visit www.steward.org.


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