Morton Hospital Once Again Earns an "A" for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

Monday, December 03, 2012


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Three Steward Health Care community hospitals in southeastern Massachusetts have been honored for the second time this year with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.  

The Hospital Safety Score is calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using nationally available, publicly reported data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.  U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

Morton Hospital in Taunton, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, and Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton each received the highest ranking from The Leapfrog Group for safety.  The ratings reflect how safe a hospital is for its patients.  The goal of the Hospital Safety Score is to reduce the 180,000 annual deaths from hospital errors and injuries through publicly recognizing safety and exposing harm such as medication mix-ups, infections or acquired injuries such as bedsores.

Local hospital presidents note that recognition of safe patient care by gold-standard organizations such as the The Leapfrog Group is the result of their facilities’ concerted approach to providing exemplary quality, safety and service to patients and families.

According to Kim Bassett, RN, MSN, MBA, Morton Hospital president, the recognition by Leapfrog reflects the commitment of Morton Hospital and Steward Health Care to providing quality, safe care in modern, accessible facilities.

“We are proud to be among the highest-ranking health care facilities in the state,” said Bassett. “It is a great honor to be recognized for our safety and quality initiatives and to share this with our physicians and staff who work every day to provide safe, effective care to our patients and their families.”

She added, “Steward Health Care continues to invest in Morton Hospital through improvements such as technology and facility upgrades, new surgical equipment for our Operating Rooms, and our highly-anticipated new Emergency Department.  These investments allow us to provide the area’s best community health care facilities and programs.”  

Craig A. Jesiolowski, FACHE, president of Saint Anne’s Hospital, shared Bassett’s observations.  “The Leapfrog Group’s report is confirmation of Saint Anne’s Hospital’s longtime emphasis on quality care, delivered with great competence and compassion,” said Jesiolowski.

Jesiolowski also noted that Steward Health Care’s investment in significant facility renovations and expansions also contributes to higher quality patient care, safety, service, and satisfaction.

“Saint Anne’s new Emergency Room and operating rooms, and current construction of a new patient wing that will allow conversion of virtually all patient rooms to private rooms in 2013, are important indicators of our commitment to providing high-level community care,” he said.

To see Morton Hospital’s, Saint Anne’s Hospital’s or Good Samaritan Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit  The Hospital Safety Score website also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group ( is a national organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Morton Hospital
Morton Hospital is a 154-bed acute-care hospital providing comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and 24/7 emergency services to Taunton and the communities of southeastern Massachusetts. The hospital's strengths include cancer care, pediatrics, physical therapy, radiology, respiratory care, rehabilitation services and wound healing. The centers include Day Surgery, Maternity, Sleep Disorders, Women's Imaging, and Speech, Hearing and Language. Our services range from lactation, cardiac diagnostics, diabetes, endoscopy, HIV, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, mental health, pain management, nursing education, nutrition, sports medicine, and our 24/7 Hospitalist Program. Morton Hospital is routinely recognized for medical excellence and was recently named one of U.S. News & World Report's 2011–2012 Best Hospitals.

About Steward Health Care
Steward Health Care is the largest fully integrated community care organization in New England.  Headquartered in Boston, Steward is the third largest employer in MA with more than 17,000 employees serving more than one million patients annually in 85 communities.  Hospitals in the system include Carney Hospital in Dorchester, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, Morton Hospital in Taunton, Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer, New England Sinai Hospital in Stoughton, Norwood Hospital, Quincy Medical Center, Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River and St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton.  Other Steward Health Care entities include Steward Medical Group, Steward Hospice and Home Care, Labouré College, and Por Cristo.  Further information is available at

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