NSMC News Releases

'A' grade for Patient Safety at North Shore Medical Center
12/14/2020

North Shore Medical Center (NSMC) has been awarded an ‘A’ grade for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade national distinction program recognized NSMC’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“We have an incredible team here who are so dedicated to our patients,” said David J. Roberts, M.D., president of NSMC. “Even in this demanding year of COVID-19, they have made sure that our patients receive the highest quality care. It is deeply gratifying when their hard work and efforts are recognized at a national level.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to those who work for North Shore Medical Center and their commitment to putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

NSMC was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see NSMC’s full grade details, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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NSMC (North Shore Medical Center) is a multi-site health system headquartered in Salem, Mass., which includes Salem Hospital, the Mass General Brigham Healthcare Center in Lynn, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center, and the physician network known as North Shore Physicians Group. NSMC and Massachusetts General Hospital together provide care at the Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center in Danvers. NSMC is a member of Mass General Brigham, which was founded by Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. #northshoremed

 

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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.