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Published on July 13, 2021

CCH and FH earn national quality awardsGrade-A care: CCH and FH earn national quality awards

Leapfrog names hospitals best in class and FH earns additional national stroke award

Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital have both received an “A” rating in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Both hospitals are presented the “A” grade in the Spring 2021 rankings.

This is the ninth year for CCH and the third year for FH to receive this top rating.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an A-through-F grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

Developed under the guidance of a nationally sourced expert panel, which includes specialists in safety, physician staffing, nursing workforce, surgery and more, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Cape Cod Healthcare’s dedication to quality shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization founded in 2000 that is driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. 

Falmouth Hospital honored with Coverdell National Stroke Award

Falmouth Hospital has been recognized nationally for achievement in stroke care with awards from the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Program, a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association.

Falmouth Hospital was awarded the Coverdell Award for achieving “Door to CT within 25 mins from arrival for at least 75% of stroke patients,” as measured by the Coverdell Program and announced by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH). The hospital also received the Coverdell Stroke Systems of Care partnership award, for creating a memorandum of understanding with EMS and post-acute facilities for quality standards of care.

Falmouth Hospital is recognized for meeting the timing and percentage measures for all patients who were eligible for alteplase treatment and arrived at the hospital via EMS

“Again, these recognitions are a testament to central focus on quality and safety,” said Lauf. “Continuous improvement in stroke care and achieving the highest quality standards are among the many ways we demonstrate our commitment to providing exceptional patient care.”


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