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  • Dec 14, 2020

CHA Cambridge Hospital Receives an “A” for Patient Safety

CHA Cambridge Hospital has been awarded an ‘A’ grade in the new Hospital Safety Grades released by The Leapfrog Group.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – CHA Cambridge Hospital, part of academic community health system Cambridge Health Alliance, has been awarded an ‘A’ grade in the new Hospital Safety Grades released by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit that rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“Quality and safety are top priorities for everyone here at CHA, “said CHA CEO Assaad Sayah, MD. “Our ‘A’ grade is a reflection of our staff’s dedication to building a culture of safety. It is especially gratifying to receive this recognition as staff and providers at CHA have had to face new challenges every day during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 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.

CHA Cambridge Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see CHA Cambridge Hospital’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org. CHA Everett Hospital, also part of the Cambridge Health Alliance system, received a ‘B’ grade. 

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 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.

CHA is an academic community health system committed to providing high-quality care in Cambridge, Somerville and Boston’s metro-north communities. CHA has expertise in primary care, specialty care and mental health/substance use services, as well as caring for diverse and complex populations. It includes two hospital campuses, a network of primary care and specialty practices and the Cambridge Public Health Dept. CHA patients have seamless access to advanced care through the system’s affiliation with Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. CHA is a Harvard Medical School teaching affiliate and is also affiliated with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard School of Dental Medicine and Tufts University School of Medicine.

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