LVHN’s Hospitals in Allentown, Bethlehem, Hazleton and Pocono Again Receive ‘A’ Grades for Safety from Leapfrog
Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Muhlenberg, Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Hazleton and Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Pocono each was awarded an ‘A’ grade on the Hospital Safety Grade report from The Leapfrog Group for fall 2019.
The national ratings, released today, reflect how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries, infections, and other harms. The safety score is designed to give the public information that is useful for choosing a hospital for care. This is the eighth straight time LVH-Pocono in East Stroudsburg has received an ‘A’ grade and the fifth straight ‘A’ for LVH-Muhlenberg in Bethlehem.
“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.” 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’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
“When you have to come to the hospital for any reason, you expect to get the best care and you also should expect to receive that care in a safe environment,” said Brian Nester, DO, MBA, FACOEP, LVHN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Your safety is a priority for all of us at LVHN and these ‘A’ grades from Leapfrog are a reflection of the skilled people—physicians, nurses, and many, many others— who take pride in ensuring your safety and providing that care throughout our health network every day.”
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.