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Local hospitals earn A for patient safety

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The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, has released the fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade results and several area hospitals were honored with top marks for patient safety.

A record 10 St. Luke’s University Health Network campuses – Bethlehem, Allentown, Anderson, Easton, Miners, Monroe, Sacred Heart, Upper Bucks and Warren – were among a select group of hospitals across the nation awarded an “A” for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. Geisinger St. Luke’s Hospital was also awarded an “A.” Leapfrog awarded top marks to more St. Luke’s hospitals than to those of any other health care network in the region, according to a St. Luke’s news release.

Doylestown Hospital earned a 13th consecutive “A” grade for patient safety. Doylestown Hospital has received an “A” in every Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade cycle since 2016. With this latest ranking, Doylestown Hospital is the only hospital in Pennsylvania and one of only 102 hospitals nationwide to achieve 13 consecutive “A” grades – placing it in the top 3% of all hospitals, according to a Doylestown Health news release.

Hunterdon Health also received its sixth consecutive “A” grade.

The Leapfrog Group assigns a letter grade to nearly 3,000 U.S. general hospitals based on how well they protect patients from preventable medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harms to patients. The grading system is fully transparent and free to the public, and grades are updated biannually in the fall and in the spring.

To see full grades, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.


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