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Five area hospitals earn top grade in watchdog report

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Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg is among the five area hospitals that earned 'A' grades in the fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. (File photo/Alyson Doria)
Pocono Medical Center in East Stroudsburg is among the five area hospitals that earned 'A' grades in the fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. (File photo/Alyson Doria)

Five hospitals in the Greater Lehigh Valley earned a grade of A in the fall report published today by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that collects data on hospital performance.

The five are Doylestown Hospital, Grand View Health, Pocono Medical Center, Sacred Heart Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital-Anderson Campus.

More than 2,600 general acute-care hospitals received a grade. In Pennsylvania, the organization assigned grades to 131 hospitals, with 32 receiving an A grade.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety. Assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades provides the most complete picture of avoidable hospital errors, accidents and infections that kill or harm hundreds of thousands of patients every year, according to the organization.

The grade uses national performance measures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and Health Information Technology Supplement, according to The Leapfrog Group.

Taken together, those performance measures produce a single letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

“Basically, what people want to know is, ‘Where can I have the best chance for a successful outcome?’ ” said Tom Croyle, president of Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare. “We have conversations with the health systems all throughout the region.”

The grades are something that health systems are “really paying attention to,” Croyle said.

“By working collaboratively with our community hospitals, we can help improve the care that every patient in Pennsylvania receives,” he said.

For a list of the hospital’s rankings in Pennsylvania, click here:

http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/search?findBy=state&zip_code=&city=&state_prov=PA&hospital=

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Brian Pedersen

Brian Pedersen

Reporter Brian Pedersen covers construction, development, warehousing and real estate and keeps you up to date on the changing landscape of our community. He can be reached at brianp@lvb.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4108. Follow him on Twitter @BrianLehigh and read his blog, “Can You Dig It,” at http://www.lvb.com/section/can-you-dig-it.

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