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May 10, 2023

One hospital in Central Mass. receives top safety rating

Photo | GRANT WELKER Milford Regional Medical Center

The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C. based healthcare watchdog nonprofit, has released its biannual Hospital Safety Grade scores, giving one Central Massachusetts hospital an A rating while another received the second-lowest D rating.

The report evaluates hospitals using 30 national performance measures under the categories: infections, problems with surgery, safety problems, practice to prevent errors, and doctors, nurses & hospital staff. Scores are given to nearly 3,000 hospitals across the country, and they are released in the fall and spring.

Milford Regional Medical Center was the only hospital to receive an A rating for spring 2023, which followed the same rating at the hospital in the past six reports.

“The staff at Milford Regional remains steadfast in making certain patient safety is the highest priority,” Edward Kelly, president and CEO of Milford Regional Medical Center and Healthcare System, said in a Monday press release from the center. “The commitment and dedication of our entire staff is the reason we proudly continue to set the highest standards when it comes to our patients’ wellbeing.” 

These are the scores for all Central Massachusetts hospitals for spring 2023.

MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham received a B rating. It also received a B in for fall 2022, following five previous C ratings.

UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, Clinton Campus received a B rating. It received five other B ratings in the past six reporting cycles, and one C rating for fall 2021.

UMass Memorial HealthAlliance-Clinton Hospital, Leominster Campus received a B rating. It received five Bs in the last six ratings, and one C in Fall 2021. 

UMass Memorial Health - Marlborough Hospital received a B rating. It also received a B in fall 2022, after five consecutive A ratings.

Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester received a C rating for spring 2023, the same as it received in fall 2022. The previous five reports gave the hospital a B grade.

Heywood Hospital in Gardner received a C rating. It had received two Bs in 2022, following three previous A ratings.

UMass Memorial Medical Center - Memorial Campus in Worcester received a C rating for the third consecutive season. In the fall of 2021, it received a D.

UMass Memorial Medical Center - University Campus in Worcester received a C for the seventh consecutive report.

UMass Memorial Health - Harrington Hospital in Southbridge received a D grade from spring 2023. Its previous two ratings were Cs, following two Bs in 2021, and two As in 2020.

The Leapfrog Group does have an F rating, which no Central Massachusetts hospital received.

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