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Five WellSpan Health Hospitals Receive Top Safety Grades

 Five of WellSpan Health’s hospitals have received “A” safety grades for fall 2022 from The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality. 

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, and WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital all received the “A” safety grades.

“Our top priority at WellSpan Health is to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients. Our patients and their loved ones know they will receive exceptional, affordable, and safe care every time they visit a WellSpan facility,” said Dr. Michael Seim, senior vice president and chief quality officer at WellSpan Health. “Being a trusted partner for our patients means providing a level of care that exceeds their expectations every time. These safety grades illustrate our commitment to patient safety.”

The safety grades are issued twice a year. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

Across the country, 30 percent of hospitals received an “A” safety grade this fall. In South Central Pennsylvania, there were only five “A” safety grades awarded to hospitals, all of which were WellSpan facilities.

“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and

transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign

that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

WellSpan’s remaining eligible hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital earned a “B” grade for Spring 2022.

For more information on how WellSpan demonstrates its commitment to quality and safety, visit www.WellSpan.org/Quality.

About WellSpan Health

WellSpan Health’s vision is to reimagine healthcare through the delivery of comprehensive, equitable health and wellness solutions throughout our continuum of care. As an integrated delivery system focused on leading in value-based care, we encompass nearly 1,900 employed providers, 220 locations, eight award-winning hospitals, home care and a behavioral health organization serving South Central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. With a team 20,000 strong, WellSpan experts provide a range of services, from wellness and employer services solutions to advanced care for complex medical and behavioral conditions. Our clinically integrated network of 2,600 aligned physicians and advanced practice providers is dedicated to providing the highest quality and safety, inspiring our patients and communities to be their healthiest. For more information, visit www.wellspan.org.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.

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