|Leapfrog Gives BMC High Grades for Safety and Quality|
|December 4, 2013
For Immediate Release
Berkshire Medical Center Honored Nationally for Patient Safety
Berkshire Medical Center again achieved high marks for patient safety from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national group that grades hospitals on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. For the third consecutive time, Berkshire Medical Center has been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score, with the latest designation coming in the Leapfrog Fall rankings for 2013.
“Achieving the high ranking that BMC has attained in patient safety is the result of intensive efforts by our clinicians and quality teams, who have developed comprehensive processes designed to ensure the safest environment for all of our patients,” said David Phelps, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. “Our community can be confident that the care they receive right here at home is second to none.”
“BMC voluntarily participates in this rigorous analysis of our patient safety programs, which we continually improve upon to provide our community with the best and safest care possible,” said Diane Kelly, RN, BMC Chief Operating Officer. “This is a testament to the dedication of our entire staff and an organization that never stops working on improvement.”
Calculated under the guidance of the Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score that graded BMC with an “A” grade 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.
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.