BMC Nationally Recognized with an 'A' Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Medical Center received an "A" Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for spring 2022.
 
This national distinction recognizes BMC's achievements in protecting patients from preventable harm and error in the hospital. Berkshire Medical Center has achieved an "A" grade for four successive ranking periods – Spring 2022, Fall 2021, Spring 2021 and Fall 2020.
 
"The staff of Berkshire Medical Center places the highest priority on the safety of our patients," said Darlene Rodowicz, President and CEO of Berkshire Health Systems. "We are committed to providing the best care for every patient, every encounter, every day."
 
The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
 
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
 
"As our health care system continues to feel the strain of the pandemic, I thank the workforce and leadership of Berkshire Medical Center for sustained commitment to patient safety, day in and day out," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "An ‘A' Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce to protect patients from harm. This community should be proud."
 
To see BMC'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.

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