December 7, 2017

Saint Anne’s Hospital Earns “Top Hospital” National Award for Quality

Fall River, Mass. – In recognition of its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Saint Anne’s Hospital has been named one of 44 Top General Hospitals in the United States by The Leapfrog Group.

Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. 

Leapfrog Top Hospital 2017

Noting that this is the second time Saint Anne’s has received “Top Hospital” honors, Saint Anne’s Hospital President Michael Bushell said, “We are especially grateful to our employees and medical staff for the care provided to our patients and families and the work our employees have done to support this care. Our team’s collective expertise, compassion and ‘can do’ attitude have not only helped us to achieve this distinction, but especially, helped us to continue to make a difference in the lives of our patients and families.”

Saint Anne’s is among 109 hospitals overall, and one of just six general hospitals in New England, being recognized by The Leapfrog Group. Nationally, in addition to the 44 general hospitals, these include ten children’s hospitals, 18 rural hospitals, and 37 teaching hospitals.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, inpatient care management, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are proud to recognize Saint Anne’s Hospital as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital. This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The selection of Top Hospitals 2017 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals, visit

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.

About Saint Anne’s Hospital

Founded by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation in 1906, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts, is a full-service, acute care Catholic hospital with 185 beds and satellite locations in Attleboro, Swansea, Dartmouth, New Bedford, and Stoughton, Massachusetts. A member of Steward Health Care, Saint Anne’s provides nationally recognized patient- and family-centered inpatient care (including all private rooms) and outpatient clinical services to patients from surrounding Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities. In addition to comprehensive diagnostic, medical, surgical, and emergency services, Saint Anne’s key services include the Fernandes Center for Children & Families; Joint Commission-certified Center for Orthopedic Excellence; Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center; ambulatory surgery centers in Attleboro and Dartmouth; the Center for Pain Management in Swansea and Dartmouth; and geriatric psychiatry services at locations in Fall River and Stoughton.