York Hospital was awarded its ninth ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing York Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months.
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 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.
“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for York Hospital. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”
Dr. Jennifer Cutts, chief medical officer and interim CEO, offered, “This award belongs to our staff, who deliver the highest caliber of patient care at York Hospital. Our teams collaborate continuously to improve upon patient outcomes and experience. We are so proud of our caregivers for this exceptional achievement, in particular this year during the pandemic. To our community, we hope this outstanding recognition of York Hospital’s safe environment provides reassurance, so that our patients will continue to seek the care they need with confidence. We are here, we are open, and we welcome the opportunity to continue caring for all in our community.”
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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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.
York Hospital also received an ‘A’ grade in spring 2020. Today’s ‘A’ grade was awarded when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see their full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
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