Griffin Hospital receives high marks for quality and patient safety

Griffin Hospital in Derby, CT was recently recognized by two national healthcare organizations for continued excellence in quality and safety.

Griffin Hospital was named a 2014 “Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®” this month by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of healthcare organizations in America, and was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2015 update to the Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital safety rating organization whose Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety.

Griffin is the only Connecticut hospital to be named a Top Performer by The Joint Commission four times, and it is the third consecutive time the hospital earned top Hospital Safety Score.Griffin is one of only 1,043 hospitals out of more than 3,300 eligible hospitals in the United States to achieve the 2014 Top Performer distinction, and one of an even more select group of 773 hospitals nationwide receiving a Leapfrog Group A grade.

“As a patient-centered care hospital, Griffin Hospital is focused on doing what is best for patients, caregivers and our community,” said Griffin Hospital President and CEO Patrick Charmel. “These recognitions are a tribute to the staff at Griffin Hospital who work together to make sure patient-centered care starts with high-quality, safe care.”

Top Performer

As a 2014 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures®, Griffin was recognized as part of The Joint Commission’s 2015 annual report “America’s Hospitals: Improving Quality and Safety,” for attaining and sustaining excellence in accountability measure performance for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. The Top Performer program recognizes hospitals for improving performance on evidence-based interventions that increase the chances of healthy outcomes for patients with certain conditions. The performance measures included in the recognition program are heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, surgical care, children’s asthma, inpatient psychiatric services, stroke, venous thromboembolism, perinatal care, immunization, tobacco treatment and substance use.

To be a 2014 Top Performer, hospitals had to meet three performance criteria based on 2014 accountability measure data, including:

  • Achieve cumulative performance of 95 percent or above across all reported accountability measures;

  • Achieve performance of 95 percent or above on each and every reported accountability measure with at least 30 denominator cases; and

  • Have at least one core measure set that had a composite rate of 95 percent or above, and within that measure set, achieve a performance rate of 95 percent or above on all applicable individual accountability measures.

“Delivering the right treatment in the right way at the right time is a cornerstone of high-quality health care. I commend the efforts of Griffin Hospital for their excellent performance on the use of evidence-based interventions,” said Mark R. Chassin, MD, FACP, MPP, MPH, president and CEO, The Joint Commission.

For more information about the Top Performer program, visit

“A” Grade for Safety

The Leapfrog Group is an independent hospital safety rating organization whose Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety. The score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts, rating hospitals on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is published widely to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when choosing a hospital stay.

“Griffin Hospital’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with Griffin Hospital among only four Connecticut hospitals in the select group of 773 hospitals nationwide receiving an A grade.

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see Griffin’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit or follow The Hospital Safety Score onTwitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.