Hazleton, Pa.,
08:54 AM

Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton Receives ‘A’ Grade for Safety from Leapfrog

Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Hazleton received an ‘A’ grade on the Hospital Safety Grade report from The Leapfrog Group for fall 2018. The ratings, released today, reflect how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Safety Score is designed to give the public information that is useful for choosing a hospital for care.

LVH–Hazleton is among 855 in the country awarded an ‘A’ grade for efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

“This is evidence of a health care team that is focused on patient safety every day,” says Anthony Valente, MD, LVH–Hazleton Chief Medical Officer. “I am proud of our entire medical staff and all of my LVH–Hazleton colleagues who earned this achievement. The community should feel very comfortable coming to us for their medical care.”

“Congratulations to the Hazleton team for earning this distinction,” said John Fletcher, LVH–Hazleton President. “LVH–Hazleton staff work relentlessly in providing quality health care to our community and it is great to see these efforts recognized. This ‘A’ grade, in addition to many other advancements, demonstrates our ongoing and personal commitment to the health and well-being of our community.”

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like Lehigh Valley Hospital–Hazleton that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Full grade details and patient tips for staying safe in the hospital are available at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and by following the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.

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 forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital 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.