Lifespan Hospitals Earn Top Patient Safety Scores

October 31, 2017

Rhode Island, The Miriam, and Newport hospitals all received an “A” in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade released today by The Leapfrog Group. Lifespan is the only health system in Rhode Island to receive the top score for all its eligible hospitals.

Leapfrog, the national nonprofit health care ratings organization, gives grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Nationwide, 832 hospitals earned an A.

“Our outstanding professionals work diligently every day to ensure that patients receive the highest quality care and best possible outcomes in the spirit of delivering health with care,” said Cathy E. Duquette, Ph.D., R.N., executive vice president for nursing affairs at Lifespan. “We are proud and honored that Leapfrog has recognized the tremendous investment in continuous improvement at each of our hospitals.”

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety. An A Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the clinicians, boards, management and staff of Rhode Island, The Miriam, and Newport hospitals for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.” 

Developed under the guidance of a blue ribbon national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice each year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see the full ratings report for the Lifespan hospitals, and to access patient tips for staying safe while hospitalized, visit and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.