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Published on November 11, 2019

Cape Hospitals Earn Highest National Distinction for Patient Safety

(Hyannis, MA – November 11, 2019) – Cape Cod Healthcare is pleased to announce that Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital have earned a national distinction for excellence in patient safety. The two hospitals received an “A,” the highest grade available, in The Leapfrog Group’s patient safety rating program.

More than 2,600 acute care hospitals across the United States were issued a Hospital Safety Grade. The Hospital Safety Grade rates hospitals on how safe they are for patients. Each score, ranging from A to F, is derived from expert analysis of publicly available data on rates of infections, injuries and errors. The scores for each hospital are available at www.HospitalSafetyScore.org.

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s national Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries and medical and medication errors. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“At Cape Cod Healthcare, we are committed to providing the highest quality, safest care to our patients on Cape Cod. This national, independent recognition reinforces the value of our commitment and how that translates to the best possible care for our community, said Cape Cod Healthcare president and CEO Michael K. Lauf. “We appreciate the Leapfrog Group’s dedication to transparency so patients can make well informed decisions about where they receive their care.”

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 Cape Cod Healthcare

Cape Cod Healthcare is the leading provider of healthcare services for residents and visitors of Cape Cod. With more than 450 physicians, 5,700 employees and 790 volunteers, Cape Cod Healthcare has two acute care hospitals, the Cape’s leading provider of homecare and hospice services (VNA), a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility, an assisted living facility, four urgent care centers and numerous health programs. For more information, visit Cape Cod Healthcare’s web site at www.capecodhealth.org. Cape Cod Healthcare. Visit our health news site www.capecodhealthnews.com for the latest in relevant and credible healthcare news.