May 8, 2023

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center Earns Highest “A” Rating on the Spring 2023 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

St. Elizabeth's is one of three Steward hospitals in Massachusetts recognized for patient safety excellence by top hospital safety watchdog.

St. Elizabeth's Medical Center earned an "A" rating for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety from the Leapfrog Group’s the Spring 2023 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The designation recognizes St. Elizabeth's steadfast commitment to patient safety. 

“The staff at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center works tirelessly to build upon our culture of safety, and I am so proud of our team for earning this recognition that places us among the safest hospitals in our region," said Paul Smith, president of St. Elizabeth's. "Patient safety is a constant focus for everyone at St. Elizabeth’s, and we celebrate our staff for their attention to detail and questioning attitudes that prevent negative outcomes time and time again. Thank you to our entire team for their steadfast commitment to patient safety.”

St. Elizabeth's was one of three Steward hospitals in Massachusetts recognized with the top mark, also including Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River and Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

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 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.