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Leapfrog Group names three Pa. hospitals to national 'top-performer' list

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Grand View Hospital in Sellersville is among three Pennsylvania hospitals named to a national list of top-performing hospitals./ file photo
Grand View Hospital in Sellersville is among three Pennsylvania hospitals named to a national list of top-performing hospitals./ file photo

Doylestown Hospital and Grand View Health in Sellersville are among three Pennsylvania hospitals named to a national list of top-performing hospitals.

Aside from Doylestown and Grand View, PinnacleHealth West Shore Hospital in Mechanicsburg also earned a spot on a ‘top hospitals’ list from The Leapfrog Group. The organization will recognize the hospitals at Leapfrog’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit that collects and reports data on hospital performance with the goal of informing purchasers and consumers. The organization said it honors hospitals that publicly report their performance through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the standards defined in the organization’s methodology. This data include infection rates, maternity care and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

It’s the first time Doylestown Hospital earned this award, although the hospital has received several national and regional recognitions in recent weeks for the quality of its health care services and patient safety initiatives, said Ron Watson, director of communications for Doylestown Health.

“It’s been a pretty good run,” Watson said. “We always have been focused on patient safety and quality; this affirms what we have been doing. We are certainly honored and we will do our best to continue to earn that respect from the community.”

“While these distinguished hospitals have reason to celebrate their achievement, all hospitals must take a thorough analysis of their Leapfrog and other results to determine what must change,” said Tom Croyle, president of Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare in Bethlehem. “I think it’s a given that employees will continue to have a greater responsibility for the front end costs of care.  As a result, consumers will demand greater transparency  - data about the cost, quality of care and expected outcomes  - to be able to pick those providers and facilities that offer the best results at an affordable  price.”

This year, Leapfrog will honor 115 “top hospitals.” All three Pennsylvania hospitals on the list were recognized in the “top general hospital” category.

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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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