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Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital maintains straight "As" for patient safety

Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital has once again been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an “A” grade in the Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grade, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.

BWFH is also being recognized among only 29 hospitals nationwide to have achieved “Straight As”—meaning consistently earning an “A” since the inception of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score in 2012.

The Safety Grade assigns grades from A to 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.

“At Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital, we continuously strive to maintain the highest standards for patient safety,” says 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 BWFH’s commitment to quality patient care and safety can be found here.

“Consistently achieving an ‘A’ for patient safety, year after year, day after day, is an extraordinary accomplishment and we congratulate the clinicians, staff, volunteers, and leadership of Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We applaud Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital for protecting the lives and safety of patients and health care workers. Given the immense challenges confronting the American health care system as it battles the COVID-19 pandemic, we need all hospitals to demonstrate such relentless dedication to their patients.”

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.

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