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LVHN Hospitals Receive National Recognition for Safety


At Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN), we pride ourselves on providing the care our community expects and deserves, even during unprecedented times. The Leapfrog Group took note of our tremendous strides in its latest Hospital Safety Grade report. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest, LVH–Muhlenberg and LVH–Hazleton each received an ‘A’ grade on the report from The Leapfrog Group for spring. This is the sixth straight ‘A’ for LVH–Muhlenberg in Bethlehem.

“During a pandemic, emergency situations like heart attacks, strokes or injuries don’t stop,” said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN President and Chief Executive Officer. “We’re proud to be able to safely care for all our patients, not just those with COVID-19. These ‘A’ grades from Leapfrog are a reflection of the skilled people – physicians, nurses and many, many others – who have gone the extra mile to take care of our community.”

President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group Leah Binder also extended a special thanks. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for LVH–Cedar Crest, LVH–Muhlenberg and LVH–Hazleton. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need.”

What is patient safety?

When we talk about patient safety, we’re really talking about how health care organizations protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

How are the safety grades calculated?

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. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade 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 hospitalsafetygrade.org.