Holy Family Receives Highest Score in Hospital Safety

Holy Family Hospital was able to maintain high enough standards to be listed among the safest in the country. (Courtesy photograph.)

A local hospital has been recognized for the level of safety established within its halls.

According to a statement released Thursday, Holy Family Hospital was awarded an “A” grade from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade. Holy Family Hospital is part of Steward Health Care and has campuses in Haverhill and Methuen.

President of Holy Family Hospital Craig Jesiolowski spoke highly of the news, saying “at Holy Family and across all Steward hospitals, patient safety is our top priority and we pride ourselves on keeping our community healthy, year after year. Our score reflects our investment in the latest patient monitoring technology for our emergency rooms, our commitment to daily safety huddles and our focus on a continuous journey to eliminating every count of patient harm.”

The Hospital Safety Grade system 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 harm among patients in their care.

President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group Leah Binder explained the purpose of the grading system, saying, “Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Holy Family that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region. Hospitals that earn an “A” Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. Holy Family Hospital was one of 855 across the United States awarded an “A” in the Fall 2018 update of grades.