April 29, 2021
Derry, NH — Parkland Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, marking a ninth consecutive ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade for the hospital. The designation recognizes Parkland Medical Center’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.
Parkland is the only hospital in New Hampshire to receive an ‘A’ Grade Hospital Safety score for the past nine consecutive terms, and is one of only two New Hampshire hospitals for this term to receive an ‘A’ grade with the other hospital being HCA Healthcare’s Portsmouth Regional Hospital. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns a grade to all general hospitals across the country every six months and is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
“To be named among the safest hospitals in the country for an incredible nine terms in a row, serves as firm reassurance that Parkland maintains the highest level of care and safety standards for our patients and communities we serve,” said John Skevington, chief executive officer of Parkland Medical Center. “At the heart of this achievement is our dedicated medical staff and support teams who consistently implement best practices to ensure our patients receive safe, high quality care with the best possible outcomes.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Parkland Medical Center shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”