Thursday, November 7, 2019

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital has been awarded an ‘A’ in fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Gradea national distinction recognizing WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The fall 2019 grading period marks WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital’s third consecutive ‘A’ grade.  According to Pat O’Donnell, President and CEO of WellSpan Summit Health, this designation is a representation of the hospital staff’s commitment to preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in the surrounding counties.

“We’re consistently looking for better ways to deliver the best care possible to our patients.  Now, as a part of a larger organization, we are thrilled for the opportunity to share those practices with the other hospitals within the WellSpan system,” explained O’Donnell. “We take care of people when they are at their most vulnerable and through continuous improvement and a culture of safety, we’re able to give our patients the quality care they deserve close to home. It is an honor to have that be recognized on a national scale.”  

Across WellSpan Health, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital also achieved ‘A’ safety grades. WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital’s scores were consistent with an ‘A’ grade, but the size of the hospital prevents it from qualifying for the award.

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

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 WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital’s full grade and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

About The Leapfrog Group

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 collects and transparently reports hospital 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.