Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital – Plymouth and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital Milton Receive Seventh Straight "A" for Patient Safety

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PLYMOUTH, MA – Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth (BID-Plymouth) and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (BID-Milton) are pleased to announce that both hospitals have received their seventh consecutive A rating for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group–the nation’s leading nonprofit watchdog on hospital quality and safety. The A rating puts BID-Plymouth and BID-Milton in the top six percent of all hospitals that were awarded an A rating in the current Leapfrog Ratings.
“Our talented patient care team comprised of nurses, clinicians, physicians, and support staff are committed to providing our patients with an extraordinary patient experience,” says BID-Plymouth Vice President of Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer Donna Doherty, RN. “The Leapfrog recognition highlights the exceptional work that our dedicated patient care team does every day to ensure great patient outcomes in a safe environment.”
“Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton is committed to excellence in quality of care, patient safety and experience,” adds Ashley Yeats, MD, chief medical officer and vice president of clinical integration and healthcare quality for BID-Milton. “Receiving seven consecutive “A” grades from Leapfrog, a nationally respected patient safety group, is the result of our robust, organization-wide patient safety program and our physicians’ and staff’s commitment to providing the best, safest care possible day in and day out.”
The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms among patients in their care.
“BID-Plymouth strives to be a leader in providing compassionate, safely delivered care. We are delighted that The Leapfrog Group has reaffirmed our efforts with our seventh “A” grade in three years,” said Judy VanTilburg, RN, Senior Director, Quality and Patient Safety, BID-Plymouth.
 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’s calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. To see our full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.
“Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth’s and Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton’s continued success in achieving an A rating is evidence that the organizations places an emphasis on protecting patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections. We are inspired by BID-Plymouth’s and BID-Milton’s leadership on patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
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.
About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth is a not-for-profit organization serving 12 towns in Plymouth and Barnstable Counties. BID-Plymouth is part of the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center family of hospitals. Established in 1901 as Jordan Hospital, BID-Plymouth is a full-service, 164-bed acute care community hospital accredited by The Joint Commission, the College of American Pathologists, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, and the American College of Radiology. www.bidplymouth.org
About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton (www.bidmilton.org) is an 100-bed community hospital that provides community-based healthcare to people of all ages in Milton, Quincy, Braintree, Randolph, Canton, Hyde Park, Dorchester and other local communities. Previously known as Milton Hospital, BID-Milton joined Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in January, 2012, formalizing a long-standing, collaborative relationship. Services include general medical and surgical inpatient care, a complete complement of outpatient healthcare services and 24-hour emergency services.

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