A number of hospitals in the Greater Lehigh Valley have received an “A” from the latest Leapfrog Group Safety Grades report.
The Leapfrog Group, based in Washington, D.C., issues a hospital safety grade that uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year.
Those receiving “A” grades in the region were:
• Doylestown Hospital in Doylestown
• Grand View Health in Sellersville
• Lehigh Valley Hospital - Cedar Crest
• Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg
• Lehigh Valley Hospital - Pocono
• Reading Hospital in West Reading
• St. Luke's Hospital - Allentown Campus
• St. Luke's Hospital - Anderson Campus
• St. Luke's University Hospital - Bethlehem Campus
Carl Seitz, president of the Lehigh Valley Coalition on Healthcare, said that this report shows a significant improvement for the region.
He noted the spring Leapfrog from 2017 had only two hospitals in the Greater Lehigh Valley score an “A” grade – St. Luke’s Anderson Campus and Lehigh Valley Hospital Pocono.
“I think that we’re really lucky to have two outstanding health care systems in the area,” Seitz said.
“In my experience with the coalition over the past 10 months I have seen that they are both very concerned with patient safety.”
General acute-care hospitals in the U.S. are assigned letter grades of A, B, C, D or F based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.
“With more than 200,000 people dying due to errors in hospitals every year, communities must be vigilant in monitoring the safety records of their local facilities,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade helps shed light on those hospitals in need of improvement, while also highlighting the safer facilities, to make it easy for patients to choose the best option for their care.”
All totaled in Pennsylvania, 118 hospitals were graded, and 37 of them were awarded an “A”, the highest letter grade, demonstrating these hospitals’ dedication to safe care.