Emerson Hospital has again been honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. Emerson has now earned eleven straight As for Safety since 2013. The results are available to the public and are designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.
Leapfrog calculates the Hospital Safety Score under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data from more than 2,600 acute care hospitals nationwide on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. Hospitals are assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their overall performance.
Emerson received particularly high marks in a variety of areas, including preventing errors, communication with doctors and nurses and responsiveness of staff. Safety performance measures are collected from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. In addition, secondary data is used from the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey.
“Providing all of our patients with the best medical care possible is our primary focus,” said Christine Schuster, president and CEO of Emerson Hospital. “We are proud to be an independent community hospital with expert clinicians and the latest equipment and technology to help ensure safe, quality care. Patients and families choose Emerson for many reasons, including our excellent physicians, compassionate, personal nursing care and commitment to helping patients get back to their regular lifestyle following illness or surgery. We are honored to receive our 11th consecutive “A” rating from Leapfrog and never waver from providing our patients with outstanding care.”
To view Emerson Hospital’s Leapfrog scores, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
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Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Sudbury, Groton and Westford and urgent care centers in Hudson and Littleton. The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns. To learn more, visit www.emersonhospital.org.