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.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses - three in Allentown including the region's only facility dedicated to orthopedic surgery, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; 26 health centers caring for communities in seven counties; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices and 21 ExpressCARE locations throughout the region including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE at the Health Center at Palmer Township; pharmacy, imaging, home health services and lab services; extensive inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care at the region’s busiest, most-experienced trauma center treating adults and children, burn care at the regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer care, orthopedics, and neurology and complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, the Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, and the Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence give clinicians of the highest caliber the necessary infrastructure, programs and partnerships to help community members stay healthy and provide the most advanced treatment when needed. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a formal member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, a transformative initiative to improve the quality of care and outcomes for people with cancer in community health care settings, including access to key MSK clinical trials. Robotic surgery is offered in ten specialties across the health network with more than 14,000 procedures performed since 2008. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the only children’s hospital and Level 4 NICU in the region, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is the only hospital in the region nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics and has been recognized among the top five hospitals in Pennsylvania for six consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are national Magnet® hospitals for excellence in nursing. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook and Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.