Lancaster General Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group's spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes LGH’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.
The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“Lancaster General Health has no higher priority than providing our patients with safe, reliable and high-quality health care,” said Jan Bergen, President & CEO, Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. “We are proud to receive this national recognition affirming our commitment to patient safety and sharing critical safety information transparently with our community.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 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.
To see LGH’s full grade details visit Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
LG Health Earns HAP’s Community Champions Award
Lancaster General Health earned an Achievement Award from The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) for its outstanding effort to improve health care in the communities it serves.
LG Health’s entry, Aligning Efforts to Fight the Opioid Crisis, was chosen as a Community Champions Award winner. Fourteen award recipients were selected from 127 total award submissions, and were chosen for their exceptional work and innovation in community health projects, quality improvement efforts, and operational efficiencies.
In 2017, Lancaster Joining Forces was launched to strategically impact the number of deaths from opioid addiction in Lancaster County. With LG Health as facilitator, Joining Forces brought together key stakeholders, including community members, health-care organizations and task forces to strengthen existing initiatives. Efforts include identifying and addressing gaps in services and resources, and implementing unified, comprehensive strategies for addiction prevention, intervention and recovery monitoring.
“In 2018, with community partners, Joining Forces achieved one of our primary goals, which was to reduce deaths from opioids and heroin,” said Alice Yoder, Executive Director of Community Health at LG Health. “The number of overdose deaths declined 35 percent from 168 deaths in 2017, to 108 deaths in 2018. This decrease provides evidence of the power of partnerships within Joining Forces.”