Lancaster General Hospital was awarded an “A” in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing LGH’s achievements in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. 

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven by employers and other purchasers of health care 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 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. 

“To be recognized as an ‘A’ hospital demonstrates that patient safety is our highest priority at Lancaster General Hospital,” said Jan Bergen, President & CEO, 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.”

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LGH Receives Recertification as a HIMSS Analytics EMRAM Stage 7

Lancaster General Hospital recently received recertification from Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Analytics as a Stage 7 on the Electronic Medical Records Adoption Model℠ for inpatient and ambulatory services.

The HIMSS EMRAM measures advancement and capabilities of an organization's EMR system through a calculated methodology. There are eight stages (0-7) that measure implementation and application of information technology. To date, 6.09 percent of facilities have received the inpatient award and 12.33 percent of outpatient facilities have received the ambulatory award nationally. Further, only 0.6 percent of organizations have achieved a Stage 7 certification for both their inpatient hospitals and ambulatory environment. 

"We have much to be proud of, as this is a testament to the collective effort of all LG Health employees to provide the best patient care through innovative technology, analytical decision-making and collaboration," shared Gary Davidson, SVP, chief information officer. "LG Health has sustained Stage 7 in both inpatient and ambulatory since February 2014 and April 2015, respectively, because of the dedication, diligence and stewardship of our staff and leaders."

During the recertification survey, the surveyor feedback included the following:

  • "You are remarkable; there are only about five other organizations in the country that come close."
  • "Some only clear the bar; you are way above the bar."
  • "Think of the number of lives your improvements have impacted—it is incredible."

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LG Health Opens Seventh Urgent Care in Elizabethtown

Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health has opened a seventh urgent care location, at 418 Cloverleaf Rd. Elizabethtown, following a renovation to the Norlanco outpatient facility.

The Urgent Care is open 14 hours a day and offers services and treatments not available in a typical urgent care facility, including:

  • The ability to administer IV fluid for dehydration
  • Two treatment rooms that have the capability to monitor patients for several hours
  • Increased capabilities for asthma treatment
  • Increased diagnostics for pain (stomach, leg, shortness of breath)
  • Concussion screening 

Urgent Care is ideal when medical attention is needed for sprains, cuts, burns, infections or flu symptoms and when patients cannot get in to see their family doctor, such as after hours or on holidays. LG Health has additional Urgent Care locations at Rohrerstown Road, Ephrata, Parkesburg, Lebanon, Lititz and downtown Lancaster. 

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