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Baystate Franklin gets good patient safety grade

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center reported this week that it was recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member panel of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors.

“As an A-graded hospital, for the second year in a row, we have met the mark for our commitment to keeping patients safe, and for making critical safety information available to consumers through our participation in national performance measurement and public reporting programs,” said Gina Campbell, chief operating officer.

“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate Baystate Franklin Medical Center for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”

To see Baystate Franklin’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and patients during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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