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LGH Named Top Hospital for Outstanding Quality and Safety

Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Lancaster General Hospital was named a Top Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group. Announced on Dec. 17, 2019, the Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety and quality.

Leapfrog Award Presentation
Geoff Eddowes, Senior Vice President Women's Services, (left) and Stacey Youcis, Chief of Hospital Operations, (left center) accept The Leapfrog Group award on Dec. 17, 2019.

About 2,100 hospitals were considered for the award. Among those, LGH received a Top Teaching distinction. Only 120 hospitals were selected as Top Hospital award recipients.

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

Nationally Recognized for Patient Safety

On Nov. 7, 2019, Lancaster General Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.

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

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.

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