May 10, 2022
Rochester, Derry, and Portsmouth, NH, – Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Parkland Medical Center, and Portsmouth Regional Hospital each were awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade released today,a national distinction recognizing the hospital system’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safe healthcare. Leapfrog assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections, and other harm to patients in their care.
Of the more than 2,600 hospitals graded nationwide, only 33 percent earned an “A” grade for meeting some of the industry’s highest standards.
“We are proud of our medical staff and support teams at Frisbie Memorial Hospital, Parkland Medical Center, and Portsmouth Regional Hospital for their unwavering commitment to our patients,” said Beth York, vice president of quality at Portsmouth Regional Hospital. “Independent reviews of our patient safety practices at all three hospitals help us evaluate our patient care against the best hospitals in the nation. Earning straight A’s at our hospitals is especially meaningful for our colleagues who are dedicated to providing high quality patient experiences, and to the communities we serve who count on our hospitals to provide the best possible care.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“As our healthcare system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of HCA New Hampshire hospitals for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire healthcare workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud.”
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