December 7, 2017

Holy Family Hospital Earns Top Hospital Designation from The Leapfrog Group

Holy Family Hospital has earned the 2017 Leapfrog Group Top General Hospital Award, highlighting nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality.
The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. This year, of the nearly 1,900 hospitals surveyed, Holy Family is one of just 44 nationwide to earn the prestigious Top General Hospital designation, and the only hospital in the Merrimack Valley region.
Top Hospital Awards are given in Children’s Hospital, General Hospital, Rural Hospital and Teaching Hospital categories. This year a total of 109 Top Hospital designations were awarded nationwide for all categories combined:
10 Top Children’s Hospitals 
44 Top General Hospitals
18 Top Rural Hospitals
37 Top Teaching Hospitals
The Leapfrog Group is an independent hospital watchdog organization that grades hospitals based on national standards of quality and safety.
“Holy Family Hospital’s commitment to high quality care and the safety of patients played a major role in the achievement of this highly competitive Top Hospital designation,” says Holy Family Hospital President Craig Jesiolowski, FACHE. “I could not be more proud of our team, whose hard work, dedication and attention to detail has made the care at Holy Family Hospital the best in the region.”
Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined annually in Leapfrog’s Top Hospital Methodology. 
“We are proud to recognize Holy Family 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. 
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 Holy Family Hospital 
Holy Family Hospital is a 385-bed acute-care hospital with three campuses: Holy Family Hospital – Methuen, Holy Family Hospital- Haverhill and Andover Surgery Center. Both full-service hospital locations provide comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services to the greater Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. Holy Family Hospital is the proud recipient of the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission and the Leapfrog Group’s “A” Hospital Safety Grade for performance on national standards of safety, quality and efficiency. Holy Family Hospital is the first hospital in Massachusetts to earn Advanced Certification in Hip and Knee Replacement Surgery by The Joint Commission, the premier health care quality improvement and accrediting body in the nation. Holy Family Hospital is Nationally Recognized by BlueCross BlueShield of Massachusetts as a Blue Distinction Center® Plus for excellence in hip and knee replacements and as a Blue Distinction Center® for Spine Surgery. The hospital’s strengths include orthopedic care, cancer care, neurology/neurosurgery, general surgery, thoracic and pulmonary care, wound care and hyperbaric medicine, maternity care, and behavioral medicine.  Holy Family Hospital is part of Steward Health Care, a fully integrated national health care services organization committed to providing the highest quality of care in the communities where our patients live. Steward operates 36 community hospitals in ten states that employ approximately 37,000 people and regularly receives top awards for quality and safety. The Steward network includes more than 26 urgent care centers, 42 preferred skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,300 beds under management, and more than 1.1 million covered lives through the company’s managed care and health insurance services.