Press Release: 2019-11-08

Brigham Health Earns Another 'A' for Patient Safety in Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Brigham Health Earns Another 'A' for Patient Safety in Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Boston, MA (Nov. 7, 2019) — Brigham Health was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, released today by The Leapfrog Group. The designation recognizes Brigham Health's efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. Brigham and Women's Hospital celebrates its fourth ‘A’ grade since the fall of 2017 while Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital’s ‘A’ makes it one of just 36 hospitals nationwide to consistently earn that grade since the inception of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade in 2012. The Safety Grade assigns grades from A-F to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“Earning another ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group is an exceptional accomplishment,” said Sunny Eappen, MD, chief medical officer at Brigham and Women’s. "It confirms the continuous effort and dedication of our exemplary team of health care professionals who provide outstanding care every day to each patient."

“At Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, we continuously strive to maintain the highest standards for patient safety,” said Christi Clark Barney, MSN, RN, Executive Director of Patient Safety, Quality, Risk Management, Infection Control, CDI and Clinical Compliance. “We are proud to receive another ‘A’ grade this fall from The Leapfrog Group, a result of our commitment to delivering top quality care to keep patients safe.”

More information about Brigham Health’s commitment to quality patient care and safety can be found here: Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital.

 “‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level — from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors — and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this grade.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 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.