Quincy Medical Center (QMC) has been honored by the latest Hospital Safety Score with an “A” – its top grade in patient safety. Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
“Patient safety is our number one priority at Quincy Medical Center and we are wholeheartedly committed to ongoing quality improvement. I am extremely proud of our highly skilled staff and their unwavering focus on quality and safety, and of the exceptional care our team provides to our patients each and every day,” said Donna Rubinate, President of Quincy Medical Center.
“Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. “No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Quincy Medical Center for achieving an “A” and showing us that you made the well-being of you patients your top priority.”
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an “A” grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
To see how Quincy Medical Center’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score app.
About Quincy Medical Center, A Steward Family Hospital
Founded in 1890, Quincy Medical Center (QMC), 114 Whitwell Street, Quincy, MA, is a community hospital that provides essential emergency, medical and surgical services to patients in Quincy and surrounding South Shore communities – providing them with leading edge medicine in a compassionate, personalized community-based health care setting. QMC has earned accreditation from The Joint Commission, an “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, and the HealthGrades® General Surgery Excellence Award for 2013 and 2014 (ranked among the top 5% in the nation for general surgery in 2014). Quincy Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care Systems LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 11 acute care hospitals, managed care, insurance programs, home care, an imaging operation, and a number of other post acute services, to provide the most cost effective and highest quality of integrated patient care. Additional information is available at www.steward.org.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), 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.