The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital Earn ‘A’ and Rhode Island Hospital Earns ‘B’

Both The Miriam Hospital and Newport Hospital received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit upholding the standard of patient safety in hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers. This national distinction celebrates The Miriam and Newport Hospital’s achievements in prioritizing patient safety by protecting patients from preventable harm and errors. The Rhode Island Hospital received a “B” safety grade during the same time. The new grades reflect performance primarily during the height of the pandemic.

“While it is an honor to achieve this award, it is even more remarkable to have earned it during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. The team at The Miriam Hospital truly lives Lifespan’s mission of delivering health with care, every day. Their passion and dedication are only outmatched by their commitment to excellence and patient safety,” said Maria Ducharme, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, president of The Miriam Hospital.

“Newport Hospital is committed to providing a safe environment focused on delivering patient centered care. While the height of the pandemic was difficult on hospitals nationwide, the Newport Hospital team continued to deliver the highest levels of safety, commitment and compassion to every patient that entered our front doors. I am so proud to work alongside this team every day for the health and well-being of our community” said Crista Durand, President, Newport Hospital.

The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

“This new update of Hospital Safety Grades shows that, at the national level, we saw deterioration in patient safety with the pandemic,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “But this hospital received an ‘A’ despite those challenges. I congratulate all the leaders, staff, volunteers and clinicians who together made that possible.”

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

To see The Miriam Hospital, Newport Hospital and Rhode Island Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook and via its newsletter.

Jessica Wharton

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