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Salem, MA, May 10, 2022 – Salem Hospital, a member of Mass General Brigham, has again been awarded an ‘A’ grade for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade national distinction program recognized Salem Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from preventable harm and providing safer health care.
The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It reflects a hospital’s performance on more than 30 national measures including medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections as well as systems the hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
“Our team is incredibly rigorous in ensuring that patients receive the safest, most effective care possible,” said David J. Roberts, M.D., president of Salem Hospital. “Even throughout a pandemic, they have remained steadfast in their commitment to the highest level of care.”
“An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a tremendous achievement and the North Shore community should be extremely proud of it,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I thank the leadership and staff of Salem Hospital for its commitment to prioritizing patients and their safety, especially during these trying times. “
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system uses more than 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“As our healthcare system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Salem Hospital for its sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” says Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement and that is only possible with a 24/7 effort by the entire healthcare workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”
Salem Hospital has been awarded an ‘A’ grade today as part of Leapfrog’s updated grades for Spring 2022. To see Salem Hospital’s full grade details, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.
About Salem Hospital
Salem Hospital is a member of Mass General Brigham, an academic healthcare system founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital that is uniting great minds to make life-changing impact for patients in local communities and around the world. Serving the North Shore community for more than 100 years, Salem Hospital provides innovative medical, surgical and psychiatric care through an array of inpatient, outpatient and virtual settings including Salem Hospital, the Epstein Center for Behavioral Health, North Shore Physicians Group and a medical staff of nearly 700 physicians practicing in a wide range of specialties. For more information, please visit salem.massgeneralbrigham.org. For information about Mass General Brigham, visit massgeneralbrigham.org.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.