October 31, 2013

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

Holy Spirit Hospital was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the 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.”

“As patients begin to take a more active role in selecting where to receive health care, it has never been more important to focus on hospital safety and transparency. The ‘A’ hospitals, including Holy Spirit Hospital, are helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “We offer our congratulations and hope the hospital will continue to strive for an ever-increasing level of excellence in patient safety.”

To see Holy Spirit Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this Fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) 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.

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