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National Group Gives Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham an A for Patient Safety

High honors for local hospital’s safety excellence

NEEDHAM, MA - Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID-Needham) is proud to announce it has received an 'A'-the highest grade possible-for its work in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections, from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

"Our number one goal is to provide high quality care in the safest environment possible," said Penny Greenberg, RN, MS, Executive Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at BID-Needham. "We have an entire team dedicated to maintaining this exemplary level of safety for our patients 24/7."

The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, SM the grades assigned to U.S. hospitals based on its patient safety record. 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.

"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 Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard."

To see BID-Needham'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).

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.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham
Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham (BID-Needham) is a licensed, 58-bed acute care community hospital affiliated with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) in Boston. BID-Needham has served residents in Needham, Newton, Dedham, Dover, Medfield, Wellesley, Westwood and other surrounding communities for nearly 100 years. In 2002, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Deaconess-Glover Hospital formalized their long-standing, collaborative relationship with a direct affiliation. The two hospitals' emergency departments have been clinically integrated since 2000. The direct affiliation has facilitated the integration of staff and resources in other clinical areas such as hospital medicine (hospitalists), cardiology, radiology, general surgery, oncology and pathology. For more information, please go to bidneedham.org.