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Westerly Hospital Awarded ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Westerly, RI (Nov. 16, 2022) – Westerly Hospital has earned an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group in a bi-annual report card released today. This national distinction celebrates Westerly Hospital’s achievements in protecting hospital patients from preventable harm and errors.

Westerly Hospital has a long tradition of patient safety. For example, all staff, physicians and volunteers complete “high reliability” training adapted from the aviation and other high-risk industries. This past year, care teams at Westerly Hospital launched and participated in successful initiatives focused on reducing hospital acquired infections and preventing patient falls.

“Providing high quality and safe care to our patients is why we exist,” said Patrick L. Green, president and CEO, Westerly Hospital. “Our care teams are diligent in their efforts to ensure that we our patients receive the greatest of care in a healing environment that puts safety and quality first.”

“To be recognized as an “A’ hospital is a great accomplishment for the entire organization it further demonstrates our commitment to improving the health of the communities we so proudly serve.,” Green added. “When it comes to the health of our patients it matters where they get their care and we are thankful for the trust of the patients and families who choose Westerly Hospital with the knowledge that safety is our top priority.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

To see Westerly Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.

Westerly Hospital, a member of Yale New Haven Health, is a 125-bed hospital that has been providing residents of southern Rhode Island and southeastern Connecticut with a full range of inpatient and outpatient services in a community hospital setting for more than 90 years. Westerly Hospital patients receive the finest quality treatment in the following areas of care: emergency, medical, surgical, radiology, laboratory and rehabilitative services. The hospital also offers heart and vascular care, interventional pain management, wound care, pulmonary rehabilitation services, inpatient geriatric psychiatric care and comprehensive cancer care provided through the Smilow Cancer Hospital Care Center. All inpatient rooms are private. westerlyhospital.org

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