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NARH earns an 'A' for patient safety from Leapfrog Group
Jun 08, 2012

(June 8, 2012) North Adams Regional Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM byThe Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.
Fewer than one-third of the 2,600 hospitals in the national survey received an “A” for safety. “This confirms our commitment to safety and quality,” said Jennifer Rush, Senior Vice President for Patient Care. “For the past several years we have renewed our focus on patient safety and quality of care, and the proof of that is in this independent report.”
Rush pointed to the broad-based nature of the scoring process. “Leapfrog looks at many aspects of our care, from the caregiver at the bedside to administrative elements,” Rush said. “Earning an ‘A’ is the result of many people working together to improve safety and quality at NARH. We’re in good company with some of the top hospitals in Massachusetts.”
“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”
To see North Adams Regional Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 
North Adams Regional Hospital is a full-service community hospital serving northern Berkshire County and towns in nearby southern Vermont and eastern New York. NARH is part of Northern Berkshire Healthcare, which also includes the Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of Northern Berkshire, Northern Berkshire Ob/Gyn, Northern Berkshire Family Medicine, and Northern Berkshire General Surgery. With 575 employees, NBH is the largest employer in the City of North Adams.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.


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