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Anna Jaques Hospital Earns 2023 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

Newburyport, Mass. – Anna Jaques Hospital was named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group in recognition of its achievements in patient safety and quality. Announced today, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. Anna Jaques was one of only two hospitals in Massachusetts and one of only 35 across the United States to receive the Top General Hospital award. Beth Israel Deaconess – Milton, another Beth Israel Lahey Health hospital, was also named a Top General Hospital.

The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers that set standards for health care safety and quality.

“Top General Hospital is one of the most competitive awards a hospital can receive, and to be one of only two hospitals in Massachusetts to earn this distinction is a tremendous accomplishment,” said Glenn Focht, MD, President of Anna Jaques Hospital. “I am extremely proud of our entire team at Anna Jaques, who work exceptionally hard every day. This honor, as well as receiving an ‘A’ Grade for patient safety from Leapfrog, is a recognition of Anna Jaques’ commitment to delivering outstanding care to the patients and communities we serve.”

More than 2,100 hospitals were considered for Top Hospital awards. A total of 132 Top Hospitals were selected, including:

  • 8 Top Children’s
  • 35 Top General
  • 15 Top Rural
  • 74 Top Teaching

    The quality of patient care across many areas of hospital performance is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

    “Protecting patients from preventable harm is the cornerstone of The Leapfrog Group’s mission,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Anna Jaques Hospital has demonstrated that patient safety is their top priority, and we’re truly pleased to recognize them as a Top Hospital this year. Congratulations to hospital staff at all levels who made this national recognition possible.”

    To qualify for the distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety and achieve top performance in their category. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2023 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.

About Anna Jaques Hospital

Anna Jaques Hospital is a 119-bed, not-for-profit community hospital serving the Merrimack Valley, North Shore and Southern New Hampshire. With 1,200 employees and more than 200 physicians on staff, Anna Jaques is recognized for delivering high quality community health care with an emphasis on patient satisfaction. For more information about Anna Jaques Hospital, please visit www.ajh.org.

Anna Jaques Hospital is part of Beth Israel Lahey Health, a health care system that brings together academic medical centers and teaching hospitals, community and specialty hospitals, more than 4,800 physicians and 38,000 employees in a shared mission to expand access to great care and advance the science and practice of medicine through groundbreaking research and education. For more information about Beth Israel Lahey Health, please visit www.bilh.org.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections. For more, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and sign up for our newsletter.

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