Newport Hospital earns 'A' for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group

April 24, 2018
Joins Lifespan's Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals in getting top grade from national non-profit

Newport Hospital received an “A” in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades released today by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization. Lifespan’s Rhode Island Hospital and The Miriam Hospital also received top scores.

The Leapfrog Group is a Washington D.C-based organization that assigns grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals across the country, based on performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Nationally, approximately 2,500 hospitals are graded twice per year, and just 750 earned an “A,” putting Lifespan’s three hospitals in the top third of graded hospitals.

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

“The safety of our patients is our top priority, and we hold ourselves to the most rigorous national safety standards,” said Crista F. Durand, president of Newport Hospital. “This validation of our commitment to best practices is really a credit to our hundreds of providers and staff, who work so hard to deliver safe, effective, compassionate care. Patient safety and well-being are at the very center of our mission, and every member of our team plays a role in creating that safe environment of care.”

This is the third time in recent years that Lifespan’s facilities have achieved top grades across the board.

“Whether it’s in patient experience, infection prevention, clinical outcomes or any other measure, there is a dedicated community of professionals working together in pursuit of excellence,” said Cathy E. Duquette,  Ph.D., RN, Lifespan executive vice president for nursing affairs. “We are proud that our three hospitals have again achieved this top distinction as measured by The Leapfrog Group.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Newport Hospital’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.