From the GIC Winter 2013 Newsletter pdf format of fybwinter2013.pdf

An outstanding 83% of Massachusetts hospitals earned an “A” rating on the fall 2012 Leapfrog hospital safety scores, while only 30% did so nationally.  These scores rank hospitals in their ability to reduce infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.  The Leapfrog Group is a national, independent not-for-profit organization of employer purchasers of health care, including the GIC and the nation’s leading experts on patient safety.  These scores highlight the country’s safest hospitals and warn against those with unacceptable safety records.  Massachusetts has the highest percentage of A-rated hospitals in the country. 

The Leapfrog Group uses 26 measures of safety to calculate a safety grade for all eligible hospitals in the U.S.  Some of the measures compared include the number of central line-associated bloodstream infections, death from serious treatable complications after surgery, foreign objects left in the body after surgery, computerized prescription ordering, and patients receiving the correct antibiotic. 

Congratulations to the following Massachusetts hospitals for receiving a Top Leapfrog Hospital Award for meeting Leapfrog’s elite quality and resource use standards and an “A” Hospital Safety Score:

Baystate Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston Medical Center

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital (in the Children’s Hospital category)

Fairview Hospital (in the Rural Hospital category)

Sturdy Memorial Hospital

Cooley Dickinson Hospital

See Leapfrog’s website to learn more about the measures used and to find out rankings for all U.S. hospitals.


This information provided by the Group Insurance Commission .