Lancaster General Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing LGH’s achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety, assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. The fall 2021 Hospital Safety Grade represents the largest set of hospitals ever graded with grades assigned to 2,901 facilities. The Safety Grades reflect performance on more than 30 evidence-based measures of patient safety, including for the first time, post-operative sepsis, blood leakage, and kidney injury. Only 32% of hospitals nationwide received ‘A’ grade.
“To again be recognized as an ‘A’ hospital demonstrates that patient safety is a continuous priority at Lancaster General Hospital and throughout the Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health system,” said John J. Herman, CEO at Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health. “This award shows the community that our staff has made a commitment to providing high-quality, safe care our patients expect and deserve.”
“As the pandemic continues, we all have heightened awareness of the importance of hospitals in our communities and in our lives,” said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It is critical that all hospitals put patient safety first. Now we have more information on more hospitals than ever before, so people can protect themselves and their families.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is advised by a national expert panel of leading patient safety authorities from across the country and receives guidance from the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality. Grades are updated biannually in the fall and in the spring.
To see LGH’s full grade details, more information about the Hospital Safety Grade, including details on rankings, please visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org.
Marcie Brody, 717-544-5044 (office)