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The Leapfrog Group Rates BMC Patient Safety as an A
November 14, 2016

For Immediate Release

Berkshire Medical Center Has Straight “A’s” for Patient Safety from Leapfrog Group: BMC Among Select Group of Hospitals to Earn Achievement

PITTSFIELD, MA – Berkshire Medical Center has again achieved high marks in new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. The grades were recently released by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Berkshire Medical Center once again earned an “A,” accomplishing the difficult task of being awarded Straight “A’s” since the inception of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade in 2012. Berkshire Medical Center is one of only 72 hospitals out of over 2,600 across the country to attain this honor.

“The physicians, nurses and staff of Berkshire Medical Center are committed to nothing but the highest level of care and patient safety,” said David Phelps, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. “Our organization is driven by the needs of our patients and our community, and these significant results validate our commitment to excellence.”

“Our caregivers across the hospital and health system work consistently toward providing the highest standard of care and accept nothing less,” said Diane Kelly, RN, BMC Chief Operating Officer. “Our outcomes demonstrate predictable, high quality care that results from great clinicians and staff, state-of-the-art facilities and technology and access to the best support services.”

“Earning Straight ‘As’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a remarkable achievement and testament to a hospital’s ongoing vigilance and commitment to patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We thank Berkshire Medical Center for being an example of excellence in preventing harm to patients, and urge you to continue championing patient safety.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Berkshire Medical Center’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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 collects and transparently reports hospital 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.



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