Holyoke Medical Center Nationally Recognized With An ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade

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November 07, 2019
Holyoke Medical Center Nationally Recognized With An ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade
 
HOLYOKE, MA – November 7, 2019 – Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) was awarded an ‘A’ in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing HMC’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safe health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“Being recognized again with an ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from the Leapfrog Group is a testament to the hard work and dedication practiced by each one of our team members every day. We give thanks to them and express our sincere gratitude for the commitment they provide to every patient who chooses Holyoke Medical Center for their care,” said Spiros Hatiras, President and Chief Executive Officer of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems, Inc.

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked 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.

HMC was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the fall 2019 update. To see HMC’s full grade details, learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.


About Holyoke Medical Center:
Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) is a 198-bed independent community hospital with over 1,300 employees serving individuals and families throughout the cities and towns of the Pioneer Valley. The medical staff includes more than 375 physicians and consulting staff.  Holyoke Medical Center is a nationally-accredited hospital and is the first and only hospital in Western Massachusetts to obtain the prestigious accomplishment of becoming certified in the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System. HMC received the Top Hospital Award in 2016 and 2014 from the Leapfrog Group for excellence in quality of care and patient safety. This full-service hospital provides a complete line of inpatient and outpatient medical and surgical services, including an award-winning Stroke Service consistently recognized as one of the best in the state for the past decade and receiving the 2019 Get With The Guidelines®-Stroke Gold Plus & Target: Stroke Honor Roll Elite Plus Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Holyoke Medical Center is a member of Valley Health Systems in Holyoke which also includes the affiliates Holyoke Medical Group, Holyoke Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice Life Care, and River Valley Counseling Center. To learn more, visit www.holyokehealth.com.

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.  


 
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