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Holyoke Medical Center Puts Focus on Patient Safety

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center received an ‘A’ grade from the Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assign ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D,’ and ‘F’ letter grades to hospitals nationwide.

“Holyoke Medical Center would like to congratulate our team members for, once again, achieving an ‘A’ grade by always making patient safety a top priority. Through our dedicated staff, we have been able to continuously provide high-quality care, while gaining the trust of our community,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems Inc.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. To see Holyoke Medical Center’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

“Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “Every hospital can earn an ‘A’ grade, and we’re proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect patients from harm.”