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June 12, 2013

Holy Spirit Hospital Awarded an “A” for patient safety by The Leapfrog Group

Holy Spirit Hospital was recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“We are proud that our efforts in patient safety have again earned us an ‘A,’” said Joseph A. Torchia, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Holy Spirit Health System. “We follow proven best practices in healthcare to provide safe, quality care because our patients deserve our very best.”

“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Holy Spirit Hospital for their achievements and encourage them to continue to put a priority on the safety of their patients.”

To see Holy Spirit Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-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. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group ( is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Holy Spirit Hospital

Holy Spirit Health System is a community Catholic health system sponsored by the Sisters of Christian Charity. The flagship is Holy Spirit Hospital, a 315-bed JCAHO-accredited acute care facility, located in Camp Hill, Pa. The hospital has about 500 physicians on its medical staff and offers a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient services, including pre- and post-hospital care. Holy Spirit provides state-of-the-art care through more than 40 conveniently located primary and specialty practices and outpatient centers.