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Best Maternity Care Hospitals Announced

February 16, 2021 – Newsweek announced its 2021 list of Best Maternity Care Hospitals. The distinction recognizes facilities that have excelled in providing care to mothers, newborns, and their families, as verified by the 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Best Maternity Care Hospitals is part of Newsweek’s Best Health Care series, powered by data from The Leapfrog Group.

Hospitals named as a Best Maternity Care Hospital have fully met The Leapfrog Group’s standards for maternity care on evidence-based, nationally standardized metrics. This includes lower rates of early elective delivery, NTSV C-section, and episiotomy, as well as compliance with process measures including newborn bilirubin screening prior to discharge and blood clot prevention techniques for mothers delivering via C-section. Best Maternity Care Hospitals have also demonstrated a commitment to safety via the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.


Leapfrog Announces Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grades
57 PA Hospitals Earned an "A" Letter Grade - 12/14/20

Bethlehem, PA, December 14, 2020 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in the Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania by the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH), announced the Fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. 

The independent grading system assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

To read the entire news release about the Fall 2020 Hospital Safety Grades, click here.

For hospital ratings in your area, click the image below or visit www.hosptialsafetygrade.org.


Leapfrog Announces 2020 Top Hospitals and Pandemic Heroes Awards - 12/08/20

Bethlehem, PA, November 7, 2019 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in the Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania by the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH), announced two prestigious awards: the annual Top Hospital Award, the Nation's most elite recognition for hospital excellence, and a new national award honoring pandemic heroes. 

In Pennsylvania 11 hospitals were names to the 2020 national list of Top Hospitals.To read the LVBCH news release about the Top Hospitals in Pennsylvania, click here.

To read the Leapfrog news release about the Top Hospitals and Pandemic Heroes Awards, click here.


Safety in Numbers

Hospital Performance on Leapfrog's Surgical Volume Standard Based on Results of the 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Survey

Highlights
  • Hospitals and surgeons should perform a minimum volume of a given procedure per year in order to ensure the safest outcomes for their patients
  • Most hospitals are electively performing high-risk procedures without the adequate, ongoing experience to do so

 

 

Leapfrog Announces Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades
56 PA Hospitals Earned an "A" Letter Grade - 11/07/19

Bethlehem, PA, November 7, 2019 – The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit representing hundreds of the nation’s most influential employers and purchasers of health care, and driven in the Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania by the Lehigh Valley Business Coalition on Healthcare (LVBCH), announced today the fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. 

The independent grading system assigns “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” and “F” letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. based on their ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

In Pennsylvania 123 hospitals were graded, and 56 earned an “A,” 32 earned a “B,” 27 earned a “C,” 8 earned a “D” and none earned an “F.” Only one Pennsylvania hospital – St. Clair Hospital located in Pittsburg – has received ‘Straight As’ since 2013.

To read the entire news release about the Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades and see the complete list of the 56 hospitals in PA that were graded an 'A' in this latest update, click here.

For hospital ratings in your area, click the image below or visit www.hosptialsafetygrade.org.



Maternity Care Trends from 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Survey - 05/2019


Having a baby is a life-changing experience, so women and families often research carefully before choosing where to give birth. Indeed, maternity care varies greatly from hospital to hospital, even within the same city, as data from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey reveals. The Leapfrog Group is an independent nonprofit that tracks and reports hospital quality nationally using data provided voluntarily by hospitals.

The maternity care section of the Leapfrog Hospital Survey examines three medical interventions that experts say unnecessarily increase risks to women and babies; cesaean sections, episiotomy, and early elective deliveries. Comparing hospital performance on these procedures can help women choose the best facility for their family and give them information to use in a frank conversation with their doctor or nurse prior to the time of delivery. This report examines national trends revealed in the 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Survey. To search rates and other data for individual hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/compare.

To read the entire report, click here.


Leapfrog Report finds U.S. Hospitals Not Meeting Surgical Safety Standards - 07/18/19

WASHINGTON D.C. (July 18, 2019) - The Leapfrog Group, an independent national health care watchdog organization, today released Safety In Numbers: The Leapfrog Group’s Report on High-Risk Surgeries Performed at American Hospitals. The report analyzes eight high-risk procedures to determine which hospitals and surgeons perform enough of them to minimize the risk of patient harm or death, and whether hospitals actively monitor to assure that each surgery is necessary. The report finds that the vast majority of participating hospitals do not meet The Leapfrog Group’s minimum hospital or surgeon volume standards for safety nor do they have adequate policies in place to monitor for appropriateness. Rural hospitals are particularly challenged in meeting the standards.

Safety In Numbers summarizes findings from the 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Survey, submitted by over 2,000 hospitals nationwide. This is the first year Leapfrog reported the new surgical standard by hospital, assessing whether both hospitals and surgeons met volume standards, and whether hospitals monitored for surgical necessity. In addition to the report released today, individual hospital results are freely available and searchable at www.leapfroggroup.org/compare.

The eight high-risk procedures highlighted in Safety In Numbers were selected based on an intensive review of hundreds of studies conducted over the past decade, as well as guidance from Leapfrog’s National Inpatient Surgery Expert Panel. From this analysis, Leapfrog set evidence-based standards for the minimum number of procedures each hospital and each surgeon should perform.

To read the entire news release, click here.

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