PinnacleHealth Awarded a Consecutive “A” for Patient Safety by The Leapfrog Group

Posted On On: October 28, 2015 Categories Filed Under: Member News

HARRISBURG, Pa. (October 28, 2015) — PinnacleHealth has again received an “A” rating Hospital Safety Score℠ from The Leapfrog Group, a national hospital quality watchdog organization. The Hospital Safety Score℠ for fall 2015 grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from harm and preventable errors. This is the fourth consecutive “A” rating received at Harrisburg Hospital and Community General Osteopathic Hospital. It is the first for the new West Shore Hospital.


“It is a great honor to be recognized for our safety and quality initiatives,” said Michael A. Young, President and CEO, PinnacleHealth. “We welcome this opportunity to publicly thank and acknowledge our skilled physicians, nurses and staff who maintain consistently high standards of patient care and safety every day.”


The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by Leapfrog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.


“We appreciate these awards because they recognize our ongoing commitment to healthcare quality and safety,” said Nirmal Joshi, senior vice president and chief medical officer. “Over the past few years, we’ve made significant infrastructure improvements at Harrisburg and Community Hospitals and added new technology to improve the quality of care and patient experience in our hospitals. We also designed the West Shore Hospital with these priorities in mind.”


The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 28 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety. Publicly available hospital safety data is to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.