Aetna, one of the nation’s leading health care benefit companies, just announced that it will include Hallmark Health System’s A grade for patient safety in its online hospital directory, DocFind®, beginning this August.
Hallmark Health System’s Lawrence Memorial Hospital and Melrose-Wakefield Hospital earned an A grade in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization of employers and other purchasers of health care committed to encouraging safer, higher quality health care.
“Combined with other quality information already available from Aetna and The Leapfrog Group, the Hospital Safety Scores give our members and consumers an additional reference to help them make informed health care decisions for themselves and their families,” said Elizabeth Curran, head of Aetna’s Network Strategy and Program Development. “Aetna is helping their enrollees make better informed decisions about their healthcare, including the opportunity to choose an A rated hospital like Hallmark Health System.”
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. The panel is made up of patient safety experts from across the country.
Leapfrog launched the Hospital Safety Score initiative to provide usable information to the public and to stimulate improvements in hospital safety. Scores for more than 2,600 general hospitals were calculated and each was assigned a consumer-friendly grade rating its safety from A to F. An “A” grade denotes the best hospital safety score.
Aetna members and DocFind visitors will be able to check specific hospital safety scores by clicking a link on the hospital’s page on the site. They will see the latter grade for Hallmark Health System hospitals as well as grades of other hospitals in the same geographic area.
Hallmark Health System is the premier, charitable provider of vital health services to Boston's northern communities. The system includes Lawrence Memorial Hospital of Medford; Melrose Wakefield Hospital, Melrose; Hallmark Health Hematology and Oncology Center, Stoneham; The CHEM Center for MRI, Stoneham; Hallmark Health Medical Center, Reading; Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice; Lawrence Memorial/Regis College Nursing and Radiography Programs, Medford and Hallmark Health Medical Associates, Inc. Hallmark Health is affiliated with Massachusetts General Hospital for cardiology and Tufts Medical Center for neonatology and the Joslin Diabetes Center for diabetes care.