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Sacred Heart Hospital Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade12/13/2016
ALLENTOWN, PA, December 13, 2016 - New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S., were recently announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Sacred Heart Hospital was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A”, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States and is the only hospital in Lehigh County to achieve this outstanding “A” grade.
"Leapfrog's "A" designation for Sacred Heart Hospital is a testament to the dedication and outstanding hard work of our physicians, nurses and staff to always place patient safety and quality care as the top priorities for each and every patient," said John Nespoli, president & CEO of Sacred Heart Hospital.
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see Sacred Heart Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
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.