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Tufts MC earns an "A"

11/08/2018
Tufts Medical Center today was awarded an “A” rating from The Leapfrog Group in its Fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade ratings. The “A” grade – the highest designation bestowed by Leapfrog - recognizes Tufts MC’s successful efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safe patient care standards in the United States.

“Tufts Medical Center has a long, proud tradition of delivering exceptional patient care,” said Michael Apkon, MD, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children. “This elite rating from Leapfrog, along with our recent Vizient five-star rating for quality and patient safety, affirms our national reputation for excellence in patient care and as leaders in patient safety.” 

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available patient safety data to assign letter grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. These measures – which include metrics on preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections - are vital to achieving the highest level of patient safety and satisfaction. 

“This recognition reflects the meticulous work of our dedicated care team,” said Saul Weingart, MD, PhD, Chief Medical Officer at Tufts Medical Center. “Providing safe, high quality patient care requires a team of doctors, nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists, clinical care technicians, medical assistants, and many others, all working together with a common goal – to make sure every patient receives the right care, in the right place, at the right time.”

A national nonprofit organization committed to transparency in quality and safety in American health care, Leapfrog applies a peer-reviewed, fully transparent methodology for its Hospital Safety Grade ratings; results are free and publicly available. To see Tufts Medical Center’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. The Medical Center features a level one trauma center with rooftop helipad, the largest heart transplant center in New England and a renowned research program, ranking among the top 10 percent of independent hospitals to receive federal research funding. A physician network of 1,800 New England Quality Care Alliance doctors represents our strong commitment to health in the community. Tufts Medical Center is a founding member of Wellforce, along with Circle Health and Hallmark Health. For more information, visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.