Penn Highlands Tops Area Hospitals in National Safety Ratings

67486_162018030487452_1827370_nPenn Highlands scored highest among area hospitals in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Rankings released last Monday by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit founded by employers and health-care providers.

Penn Highlands Clearfield and Penn Highlands Elk led area hospitals with each receiving an A, followed by Penn Highlands Dubois scoring a B, while Indiana Regional Medical Center, UPMC-Northwest, ACMH (Kittanning), and Butler Memorial Hospital received a C. Clarion Hospital was awarded an F.

Punxsutawney Area Hospital and Penn Highlands Brookville were not graded.

The national review, available at leapfroggroup.org, hospitals were given a letter grade from A through F based on several factors. Of the 2,571 hospitals studied nationwide, 798 earned an A, 639 earned a B, 957 earned a C, 162 earned a D, and 15 earned an F. Leapfrog ranked 132 Pennsylvania hospitals.

Individual hospital rankings are available by clicking here.

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score Program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety.

Leapfrog looked at medical errors, accidents, injurie,s and infections to determine the grades. The goal was to determine a patient’s risk of further injury or infection if they visited a certain hospital.

“It is time for every hospital in America to put patient safety at the top of their priority list because tens of thousands of lives are at stake,” Leapfrog President Leah Binder said in a press release. “The Hospital Safety Score alerts consumers to the dangers, but as this analysis shows, even A hospitals are not perfectly safe.”

Leapfrog also conducted an analysis with researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. They estimated that 206,021 avoidable deaths occur each year in U.S. hospitals.

The information on Leapfrog’s website is derived from hospitals’ voluntary submissions of The Leapfrog Hospital Survey. This data is derived from third parties, and accordingly Leapfrog disclaims any and all warranties with respect to this data and the Survey. Hospitals that implement these quality, safety, and/or efficiency practices have reported that their internal processes of care include safeguards that may decrease a patient’s probability of receiving poor quality and/or inefficient care.


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