Nashoba Valley Medical Center Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

Monday, December 03, 2012

 

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Nashoba Valley Medical Center 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, 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.

Nashoba Valley Medical Center is committed to patient safety and this award is a testament to the outstanding care we provide,” said Steve Roach, President of Nashoba Valley Medical Center. “We have an outstanding team of physicians, medical professionals and employees all of whom are extremely dedicated to delivering high quality care to our patients. To be recognized by The Leapfrog Group, a nationally recognized panel of quality experts, is something that we are very proud of achieving.”

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

Nashoba Valley Medical Center scored a “best performance” rating in many categories including nursing workforce. To see Nashoba Valley 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 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).

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About Nashoba Valley Medical Center
Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC), a member of Steward Health Care, offers community-based primary care and specialty services. Areas of clinical strength include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, gastroenterology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy, and general surgery.  NVMC also offers comprehensive Diabetes and Endocrine Center, a Travel Clinic and Occupational Health Services. To learn more visit http://steward.org/Nashoba-Valley or call 978-784-9000.

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.

Media Contact:
Mary O’Neil
Steward Health Care
978-994-0509


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