3 R.I. hospitals earn ‘A’ safety grade from national nonprofit

THE MIRIAM HOSPITAL has earned a top safety grade from the Leapfrog Group’s past eight grading periods. / COURTESY LIFESPAN CORP.

PROVIDENCE – Three Rhode Island hospitals have earned an “A” grade for safety from a national watchdog organization that keeps track of health care quality and safety.

The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital and South County Hospital were awarded an “A” by the Leapfrog Group in its 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade report.

Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River was also awarded an “A.”

Grades are based on hospitals’ rates of medical errors, injuries, infections, accidents and other issues that cause harm to patients.

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The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit that is “committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health system,” according to its website.

The group’s safety guide rates hospitals using 28 publicly available measures of hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 acute care hospitals in the United States twice a year. Results can be found online at https://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/your-hospitals-safety-grade.

The Miriam has earned an “A” for the past eight Leapfrog safety assessments and Newport Hospital has earned an “A” for the past five grading cycles, according to the hospitals’ spokesman, Richard Salit.

“This is a wonderful achievement,” said The Miriam’s president, Arthur Sampson. “I’m proud of the team of medical professionals and support staff who work hard every day to make our hospital a safe and caring environment for our patients.”

Grades for other hospitals in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts include:

  • Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket received a “B”
  • Morton Hospital in Taunton received a “B”
  • Rhode Island Hospital in Providence received a “C”
  • Kent County Memorial Hospital in Warwick received a “C”
  • Westerly Hospital in Westerly received a “C”
  • St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford received a “C”
  • Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River received a “C”
  • Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro received a “C”

Elizabeth Graham is a PBN staff writer. She can be reached at graham@pbn.com.

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