|BMC Achieves Consecutive "A" Grades for Patient Safety|
|Berkshire Medical Center Recognized for Outstanding Record in Patient Safety with “A” Grade in Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score: BMC in Elite Group of Straight “A” Hospitals
Berkshire Medical Center has been awarded an “A” grade for Hospital Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group, and is one of only 182 hospitals nationwide to have achieved straight A grades since the initiative was launched in June of 2012. The grades are issued twice each year, in the fall and spring, and are the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit hospital safety watchdog.
“This consistent performance in patient safety as documented by the Hospital Patient Safety Score validates the commitment of Berkshire Medical Center, our physicians, nurses, technologists and all staff to provide nothing but the highest standard of care for our community,” said David Phelps, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems.
According to The Leapfrog Group, “An A grade is one of the most meaningful honors a hospital can achieve, and one of the most valuable indicators for patients looking for a safe place to receive care. Since the onset of the Hospital Patient Safety Score in the spring of 2012, the publicly available data shows Berkshire Medical Center consistently exceeded the standards of other medical institutions in terms of patient safety procedures in place, earning it a Straight A’s distinction.”
The Hospital Patient Safety Score issues A, B, C, D or F grades to all US hospitals based on publicly available data on patient safety.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), 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.