November 7, 2019

Saint Anne’s Hospital Nationally Recognized for Straight "A’s" in The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

Fall River, MA – The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care, today announced the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. Once again, Saint Anne’s Hospital has earned an ‘A’ grade for achieving the highest national standards in patient safety.

Saint Anne’s is one of only 36 hospitals in the United States, and one of just three hospitals in Massachusetts, to be awarded an ‘A’ for every grading cycle since 2012. It is the hospital’s 16th consecutive ‘A’ grade for patient safety.

Saint Anne’s president, Michael Bushell, credits hospital staff and medical providers for the consistent approach to patient safety that has garnered the nation’s top grade.

“Our 16th Straight ‘A’ patient grade is a tribute to the daily and consistent efforts focused on each and every patient by every provider and staff member,” he said. “Every day, in every action and interaction, our employees and medical staff are committed to patient safety, with professionalism and compassion. We are proud to continue to earn this as a true collaborative team award.” 

“This outstanding achievement shows longstanding commitment to a culture of safety that puts patients first,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “For Saint Anne’s Hospital, saving lives by preventing accidents, injuries, infections and errors is business as usual, and your community should be proud. We commend the staff, leadership and board of directors for their never-ending quest for the highest standards of patient safety.” 

The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’, and ‘F’ to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. 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 Leapfrog’s grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. 

To see more details on Saint Anne’s Hospital’s performance, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook

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 211 beds and satellite locations in Dartmouth, Attleboro, Swansea, New Bedford, and Stoughton, Massachusetts. A member of Steward Health Care, Saint Anne’s provides nationally recognized patient- and family-centered inpatient care and outpatient clinical services to patients from surrounding Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities. Saint Anne’s key services include the Center for Orthopedic Excellence; bariatric surgery; multiple robotic-assisted surgical capabilities, including orthopedic surgery, spine surgery, and general surgery; Saint Anne’s Hospital Regional Cancer Center; two ambulatory surgery centers; the Center for Pain Management; and inpatient geriatric psychiatry services. Saint Anne’s has continued to earn The Leapfrog Group’s “Straight A’s” for patient safety since 2012 and the “Top Hospital” award for 2017 and 2018. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.