PROVIDENCE, R.I. – All eligible Lifespan hospitals – Rhode
Island Hospital, The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital – earned an “A” grade
in the most recent Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades announced today.
The Leapfrog Group is a Washington D.C-based organization
that assigns grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals across the country, based
on performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.
Nationally, approximately 2,500 hospitals are graded twice per year, and just
750 earned an “A,” putting Lifespan’s three hospitals in the top third of
This is the third time in recent years that Lifespan’s
facilities have achieved top grades across the board. “This is the only
national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and
death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder,
president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a
hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible
problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”
“Whether it’s in patient experience, infection prevention,
clinical outcomes or any other
measure, there is always a dedicated community of
professionals working together in pursuit of excellence,” said Cathy E.
Duquette, Ph.D., RN, Lifespan executive vice president for nursing affairs. “We
are proud that our three hospitals have again achieved this top distinction as measured
by The Leapfrog Group.”
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital
safety data. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.