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York Hospital Awarded “A” Grade by Hospital Safety Score

York Hospital was recently honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.  Maine hospitals ranked first in the nation with 80% of hospitals scoring an A.

"Patient safety is of course a top priority.  Our score of A reflects the quality of care we provide to each and every patient, every time," said Dr. Lawrence Petrovich, M.D., Chief Medical Officer and Leader for Patient Quality at York Hospital. "We have focused efforts on safety at all levels in our organization and we are proud of our staff for achieving the highest score possible.  Also, watchdog organizations such as Leapfrog rely on precise data to  create these reports.  Providing accurate data about our patient outcomes will continue to be a priority so that scores reflect the true care we provide," he added.  

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including York Hospital, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

To see York Hospital's scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and families, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.   Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

About York Hospital
York Hospital is a non-profit hospital with five community sites and 15 physician practices.  We use a loving-kindness approach to offer exceptional care in a healing environment.  From primary and preventive care and diagnostic testing to specialized medicine and surgical specialties to rehabilitation and care at home, York Hospital is known for its passion for centering care around patients and families, and providing unbelievable experiences for all. 

About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

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