November 17, 2014

Nashoba Valley Medical Center Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety by Independent Industry Watchdog

Nashoba Valley Medical Center has been honored for the third consecutive time with an “A” grade in the Fall 2014 update to the Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog and the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. All ten acute care hospitals in the Steward Health Care System received “A” grade from Leapfrog.


“The recognition by Leapfrog reflects the ongoing commitment of Nashoba Valley Medical Center and Steward Health Care to provide high quality care in the communities where their patients live,” said Salvatore Perla, president of Nashoba Valley Medical Center. “Patient safety is always our top priority, and it is extremely rewarding when our efforts are recognized at this level.” 


Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’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 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall.


“We are continuously making investments in our facility to best meet the needs of our patients and families and recently enhanced our health care services with several technology upgrades, including new emergency department monitoring systems, an iDose CT scanner, and a video endoscopy system,” explained Perla. “All of these state-of the-art technological upgrades aided in Nashoba receiving an ‘A’ grade.”


Nashoba Valley Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally can be found at The Hospital Safety ScoreSM website also provides information on how the public can protect themselves, family and friends during a hospital stay.


About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group ( 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 Nashoba Valley Medical Center

Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC) offers community-based primary care and specialty services. NVMC was awarded an A, the highest grade possible, in hospital safety by Leapfrog, and recipient of the Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval. Areas of clinical strength include emergency medicine, diagnostic imaging, cardiology, gastroenterology, ophthalmology, oncology, orthopedics, physical therapy and general surgery. NVMC also offers a comprehensive Diabetes and Endocrine Center, Travel Clinic and Occupational Health Services. Nashoba Valley Medical Center is part of the Steward Health Care System LLC, the largest integrated community care organization in New England which combines over 3,000 physicians, 10 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