Staff saluted for strong work with patients during pandemic
CHA Cambridge and CHA Everett Hospitals have both received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing their achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety, is the only hospital rating program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care. “Our ‘A’ grade reflects an organizational focus on quality and safety that is driven by our staff’s strong commitment to both our patients and standardized best practices for safety,” said Assaad Sayah, MD, CEO of Cambridge Health Alliance.
“The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Cambridge Health Alliance shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.” said Leah Binder of Leapfrog. The grade is calculated by measuring both patient outcomes, such as hospital-acquired infections, surgical complications and patient reports on their experience, and adherence to safety practices and processes including effective use of the electronic medical record, reporting adverse events, and holding leaders accountable for putting improvement actions in place.