Holy Family Hospital Receives ‘A’ Grade and ‘Top General Hospital’ Designation

The Merrimack Valley Chamber of Commerce recently honored Holy Family Hospital for receiving the Top General Hospital designation. From left, are Tony Slabacheski, Chamber President Joseph J. Bevilacqua, Wayne Dodwell, Holy Family President Craig Jesiolowski, Christine Basil, Dr. William Goodman, Jeff Dion and Chamber Vice President Michael A. Bevilacqua. (Courtesy photograph.)

Holy Family Hospital was recently awarded an ‘A’ and the “Top General Hospital” designation for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety.

The ranking comes from The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grades. It recognizes Holy Family’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. Holy Family is one of only two community hospitals in Massachusetts, and one of only 29 in the nation to be awarded the elite “Top General Hospital” designation. The designation is based on hospital performance in clinical areas including preventing infections, reducing unnecessary C-sections, avoiding medication errors, maternity care and safe surgery.

“This year has been especially challenging for our staff and community, but despite the obstacles of the pandemic, patient safety has remained a top priority,” noted Holy Family Hospital President Craig Jesiolowski. He added the designation reflects the hospital’s “continued investments in patient safety, which ensure patients in our community have access to the best possible care.”

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 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.

Holy Family Hospital is part of Steward Health Care, the largest private, taxpaying physician-led health care network in the United States.

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