Three R.I. hospitals earn ‘A’ grade, 4 others get ‘B’ from Leapfrog Group

PROVIDENCE – Three hospitals in Rhode Island have earned an “A” grade, while four others received a “B” and two more a “C” from a national watchdog organization that releases hospital safety ratings twice a year.

Landmark Medical Center, South County Hospital and Westerly Hospital all received an “A” from the Leapfrog Group, which analyzes hospitals’ safety systems and uses data on errors, accidents, injuries and infections to issue grades in the spring and fall.

Kent County Memorial Hospital, Newport Hospital, Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and The Miriam Hospital each earned a “B,” while Rhode Island Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center received a “C.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses more than 30 national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and information from other supplemental data sources. The hospital’s single letter grade represents the overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

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In southern Massachusetts, Morton Hospital in Taunton and Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River received an “A” grade, while Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro received a “B” grade, and Charlton Memorial Hospital in Fall River and Saint Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford earned a “C.”

Claudia Chiappa is a PBN staff writer. You may contact her at