Holyoke Medical Center Recognized with ‘A’ Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group

HOLYOKE — Holyoke Medical Center (HMC) once again achieved an ‘A’ grade in the spring Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. HMC was also named a Top General Hospital by the Leapfrog Group in December, a recognition awarded to only 29 hospitals nationally.

“The recognition Holyoke Medical Center continues to receive from the Leapfrog Group acknowledges the hard work of our physicians, nurses, and each and every member of our staff for their commitment to safety and patient-centered care,” said Spiros Hatiras, president and CEO of Holyoke Medical Center and Valley Health Systems Inc. “Despite the many challenges presented over the past year with the COVID-19 pandemic, providing compassionate, high-quality care to our community continues to be our top priority.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety. Leapfrog assigns an ‘A,’ ‘B,’ ‘C,’ ‘D,’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“It’s clear Holyoke Medical Center is on a never-ending quest to keep patients safe through thick and thin,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “This likely saved many lives through the pandemic and prepared for future health emergencies. I thank Holyoke Medical Center for leadership and inspiration in these trying times.”

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 more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.