Good Samaritan Medical Center Earns an “A” Rating for Patient Safety for the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

BROCKTON, MA May 15, 2019 –Good Samaritan Medical Center Hospital, a Steward family hospital, was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes Good Samaritan Medical Center Hospital's efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. Good Samaritan Medical Center Hospital is part of Steward Health Care – the largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network in the United States – which leverages technology, innovation, and care coordination to provide the highest quality care and safety in communities where patients live.Leapfrog A

“We are thrilled to receive an ‘A’ from the Leapfrog Group.  This recognition reflects our commitment to delivering top quality care and keeping our patients safe every day,” said Marisela Marrero, M.D., President of Good Samaritan Medical Center. “We could not achieve this without the unwavering dedication and collaboration of our entire team of physicians, nurses and staff.  I congratulate the
Good Samaritan team on this achievement and for their ongoing focus on keeping our patients safe.”

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.” 

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 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.

Good Samaritan Medical Center was awarded an ‘A’ grade today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update.  To see Good Samaritan Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

About Good Samaritan Medical Center
Good Samaritan Medical Center is an acute-care, 267-bed Catholic hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, and Level III Trauma emergency services to Brockton and 22 neighboring communities. The hospital offers Centers of Excellence care in orthopedics, oncology, and cardiology, specialized care in surgery, family-centered obstetrics with level-two nursery, substance abuse treatment, and advanced diagnostic imaging. Good Samaritan Medical Center has the Gold Seal of Approval from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations for meeting all of its national standards for health care quality and safety, and has the highest rating possible for a community hospital cancer program from American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Good Samaritan Medical Center is part of Steward Health Care System. Good Samaritan Medical Center is the First and Only Level III Trauma Center in Region V. The American College of Surgeons awarded Good Samaritan Medical Center a Level III Trauma Certification in August 2016, which was followed by Massachusetts Department of Public Health Designation in February 2016. GSMC is the First and Only Level III Trauma Center in Region V that encompasses 70 communities and over 1.3 million residents. To learn more visit https://www.goodsamaritanmedical.org.

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest private, tax-paying physician-led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 37 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 42,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services.

The Steward Health Care Network includes 5,000 physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah. For more information, visit www.steward.org.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. 

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