Williamsport Regional Medical Center recently received an "A" Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.
The Hospital Safety Score was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D or F for their safety.
"This recognition demonstrates the outstanding progress our team is making to improve quality measures and outcomes, reducing infections, consistently using evidence-based best practices, coordinating care seamlessly to reduce any unnecessary readmissions and being attentive to patient satisfaction," said Susquehanna Health President and CEO Steven P. Johnson.
"This is especially important because our efforts in these areas mean better, healthier outcomes for our patients," he added.
"It's The Leapfrog Group's goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We congratulate the hospitals that earned an 'A' and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first."
To see Williamsport Regional Medical Center's scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. The site also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.