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NARH earns "A" for safety from The Leapfrog Group
Nov 29, 2012

(Nov. 29, 2012) North Adams Regional Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score byThe Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“This affirms our commitment to patients,” said Jennifer Rush, Senior Vice President for Patient Care. “Safety is the number one priority at this hospital. While we are proud of this measurable improvement, our continued focus is the overall health, safety and satisfaction of our patients and families.”
Rush said Leapfrog uses a broad-based scoring process. “Leapfrog looks at many aspects of our care, from the caregiver at the bedside to administrative elements,” Rush said. “An ‘A’ rating 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.”
“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate North Adams Regional Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
To see North Adams Regional Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
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 nonprofit 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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