Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham Earns an "A" Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog’s Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score

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BID–Needham has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety with an “A” grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, one of the most significant honors a hospital can achieve and one of the most important indicators of patient safety.

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham (BID–Needham) has been recognized for its commitment to patient safety with an “A” grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections.

An “A” grade is one of the most significant honors a hospital can achieve and one of the most important indicators of patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give consumers information they can use to ensure the highest level of safety during a hospital visit.

More than 2,500 general hospitals in the United States were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an 'A' grade. To see BID–Needham’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

“BID–Needham strives for the highest quality care and this national recognition reflects our commitment to patient safety and eliminating preventable harm and injuries,” said Gregory McSweeney, MD, Chief Medical Officer, BID–Needham. “I applaud the efforts of the entire hospital community, working together to achieve the highest quality care that merits the ‘A’ Grade in patient safety.”

“Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham’s 'A' grade validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Patient safety requires constant vigilance, and we encourage Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital–Needham and all other 'A' hospitals to continue demonstrating unrelenting commitment to patients by consistently providing a safe environment for care.”

About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital−Needham (BID−Needham) is a licensed 58-bed acute care community hospital affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. The direct affiliation with BIDMC, since 2000, has facilitated the clinical integration of staff and resources in emergency medicine, hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, orthopedics, general surgery, pathology, and oncology. BIDMC and BID−Needham opened the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center and Surgical Pavilion at BID−Needham, providing more accessible, patient-centered cancer care and advanced surgical services to the community.

BID−Needham has served residents in Needham, Newton, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Sherborn, Wellesley, Westwood and other surrounding communities for more than 100 years. The hospital has been recognized by several organizations for quality and safety including the American Heart and American Stroke Associations for lifesaving stroke care. For more information, please visit http://www.bidneedham.org. Find BID−Needham on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/BIDNeedham and follow us on Twitter @bidneedham.

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