Lancaster General Hospital earned a five-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in Hospital Compare Star Ratings released in December.

LGH is the only hospital in Lancaster County to earn the federal government’s five-star rating in the most recent report, which included data from 2013-2017. Fellow Penn Medicine facilities Chester County Hospital and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center also received five stars.
“Lancaster General Hospital takes great pride in being a hospital that CMS recognizes for exceptional patient care and safety,” said Jan Bergen, President & CEO. “The rating recognizes not only our medical and dental staff, but our entire team’s talent, teamwork and commitment to patients and the community.”
CMS, which launched the Hospital Compare Star Ratings in 2015, uses the rating system to summarize more than 50 inpatient and outpatient quality measures in a way that is easy to interpret for patients and consumers. The information helps patients make decisions regarding where to receive care, while encouraging hospitals to continually improve the quality of care they provide.
“Our collaborative approach to patient care, focusing on key processes to prevent complications and infections, contributes to our lower readmission rates and ultimately leads to better outcomes for our patients,” said Dr. Michael Ripchinski, Physician Executive for Quality at LG Health.
In addition to the overall hospital five-star rating, LGH performed above the national average in overall hospital quality group scores in:

  • Reducing readmissions

  • Reducing infections

  • Reducing surgical or procedural complications

  • Improving the timeliness and effectiveness of care

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 LGH named “Top Teaching Hospital” by The Leapfrog Group
Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Lancaster General Hospital was named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group for the first time.

The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization. 

“Patient safety and high-quality health care are Lancaster General Health’s two highest priorities,” said Jan Bergen, President and CEO. “This national award recognizes the extraordinary efforts of our Medical & Dental Staff to deliver exceptional patient care.”
Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.
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Becker’s Hospital Review honors LGH Orthopedic Center
Lancaster General Hospital’s Orthopedic Center has been named to Becker’s Hospital Review’s list of 100 great orthopedic programs. Becker’s calls those on the list “national leaders in orthopedic care.”
Becker’s notes that LGH’s 35 orthopedic surgeons performed more than 2,700 joint replacement surgeries in fiscal year 2017. LG Health is one of 13 organizations in the world to earn International Geriatric Fracture Society certification.
LGH is a Blue Distinction Center+ for knee and hip replacement surgery and was ranked No. 4 in Pennsylvania by CareChex for major orthopedic surgery in 2018.
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