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LVBCH Announces the Release of Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scores - 10/28/15

Bethlehem, PA, October 28, 2015 – The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) announced today the release of the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scores, published by patient safety nonprofit, The Leapfrog Group.  The Hospital Safety Score grades hospitals on how well they protect their patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.  These mistakes harm millions of Americans every year, and it is estimated that up to 440,000 lives are lost each year due to preventable medical errors.   

In Pennsylvania, letter grades were assigned to 131 hospitals with 31 (or 24%) receiving an ‘A’, the highest letter grade.  The only two hospitals in the entire state of PA that have received ‘Straight As’ since the inception of the Score in 2012 are two local hospitals -- Lehigh Valley Hospital and Lehigh Valley Hospital-Muhlenberg. 

“Nearly 1,000 people die every day because of preventable hospital errors.  The Hospital Safety Score should be the first thing patients and family members consult when faced with a planned procedure or hospital stay” said Tom Croyle, President of LVBCH.  "We’re pleased to recognize the hard work and commitment of all the following hospitals serving LVBCH employer communities that scored an ‘A’ letter grade in this latest update:

- Geisinger Community Medical Center - Pinnacle Health at Harrisburg Hospital
- Geisinger Lewistown Hospital - Pinnacle Health West Shore Hospital
- Geisinger Medical Center - Reading Hospital
- Lancaster General Hospital - St Luke's Hospital – Allentown Campus
- Lehigh Valley Hospital
- St Luke's Hospital – Anderson Campus
- Lehigh Valley Hospital – Muhlenberg - York Hospital
- Pinnacle Health at Community General Osteopathic  

We encourage these hospitals to continue making the well-being of their patients a top priority and that other area hospitals will follow their example,” Croyle added.

To read the entire news release about the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Scores, click here.

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LVBCH is a designated Leapfrog Regional Roll-out Organization (RRO). Regional Roll-Outs are local efforts in markets where Leapfrog members work with other stakeholders to advance Leapfrog's mission by increasing the transparency of the quality of individual hospitals.


The Leapfrog Group Releases C-Section Rates by Hospital - 10/07/15

In the U.S., nearly one in three women gives birth by cesarean section (C-section). There will always be cases where C-sections are medically necessary, but experts agree that doctors perform far too many, putting moms and babies at risk. For the first time, patients can use a single, standardized C-section rate to compare by hospital at the national level. With information on 48 states and the District of Columbia, The Leapfrog Group is building the most comprehensive source of C-section data available anywhere.  Leapfrog's new website can help women and families protect themselves from unnecessary C-sections, learn about the risks and benefits of C-sections, and ultimately make more informed choices about their birth hospital.

Interested in your hospital's rate? Visit


LVBCH Type 2 Diabetes Report - 2015

LVBCH and Sanofi US Release 2015 Type 2 Diabetes Report
Key Geographic Regions in PA are Compared to State and National Statistics 

The Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH) and Sanofi US (Sanofi) are pleased to present the Type 2 Diabetes Report for 2015.  Employers, providers, insurers and community health agencies should use this report to assess how diabetes management strategies are working to change behaviors, improve community health and contain costs.


To read the report, click on the image of the report to the right or click the link below.

To read the news release, click here.

To read the report, click here.



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October 10, 2015 -- Step Out Walk to STOP Diabetes
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