December 4, 2018

Holy Family Hospital Earns “Top Hospital” Award for Quality Care

One of Two Massachusetts Hospitals Named America’s Best Hospitals for the Second Consecutive Year

HAVERHILL, MA - December 4, 2018 - Holy Family Hospital, today earned a “Top Hospital” Award for the second consecutive year by The Leapfrog Group, this time for its Haverhill campus. As one of only 35 general hospitals in the U.S. to earn this designation, the award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. This recognition follows Holy Family Hospital’s recent “A” grade in hospital safety.  Holy Family Hospital is one of only two hospitals in the state of Massachusetts to receive this designation. St. Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, MA also received Top Hospital recognition. Both Holy Family Hospital and St. Anne’s Hospital are Steward Health Care hospitals.

Steward Health Care is the nation’s largest private, for-profit physician-led health care network in the United States, which leverages technology, innovation, and care coordination to provide the highest quality care and safety in communities where patients live.

“We are proud to be recognized again by the Leapfrog Group as one of America’s top hospitals,” said Craig Jesiolowski, President of Holy Family Hospital. “This distinction is a direct result of our staff’s delivery of a superior patient experience and our investments in emergency room care. We look forward to continuing our work to provide the highest standard of care to our patients and the Merrimack Valley community.”

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Holy Family received a Top Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

  • 13 Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 35 Top General Hospitals
  • 17 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 53 Top Teaching Hospitals

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 in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than six percent of eligible hospitals nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “With this honor, Holy Family has established its commitment to safer and higher quality care. Providing this level of care to patients in Haverhill requires motivation and drive from every team member. I congratulate the board, staff and clinicians, whose efforts made this honor possible.”

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must submit a Leapfrog Hospital Survey and achieve highest performance in its category. The selection of Top Hospitals 2018 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2018 Top Hospitals, visit

About Holy Family Hospital

Holy Family Hospital is a 385-bed full-service, acute care hospital with two campuses located in Methuen and Haverhill, Massachusetts. Both locations, Holy Family Hospital-Methuen, and Holy Family Hospital-Haverhill, provide comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services, including eICUs. With first class specialists, innovative treatment options and state-of-the-art technology, both of our hospital campuses provide exceptional care throughout the greater Merrimack Valley and southern New Hampshire. To learn more go to

About Steward Health Care

Steward Health Care is the nation’s largest private, for profit physician led health care network in the United States. Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Steward operates 36 hospitals in the United States and the country of Malta that regularly receive top awards for quality and safety. The company employs approximately 40,000 health care professionals. The Steward network includes multiple urgent care centers and skilled nursing facilities, substantial behavioral health services, over 7,900 beds under management, and approximately 2.2 million full risk covered lives through the company's managed care and health insurance services. The total number of paneled lives within Steward's integrated care network is projected to reach three million in 2018.

The Steward Health Care Network includes five thousand physicians across 800 communities who help to provide more than 12 million patient encounters per year. Steward Medical Group, the company's employed physician group, provides more than six million patient encounters per year. The Steward Hospital Group operates hospitals in Malta and nine states across the U.S., including Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Utah.

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.