Franklin County hospitals win top award
Two Franklin County hospitals have received a top award from The Leapfrog Group. Leapfrog, a national watchdog organization, is widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.
WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital and WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital were named 2020 Leapfrog Top Teaching Small Hospitals. It is the first time a WellSpan hospital has received a Top Hospital award from Leapfrog.
“Being recognized as a Top Hospital is an extraordinary feat. We are honored to recognize WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital and WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital this year,” said Leapfrog President/CEO Leah Binder. “Despite the extraordinary pressure and strain of the COVID-19 pandemic, WellSpan has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to patients and to the central Pennsylvania community. We congratulate the board, staff and clinicians whose efforts made this honor possible.”
To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey; which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. A hospital must also achieve top performance in its category.
Second award to Chambersburg
WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, along with WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital; WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital and WellSpan York Hospital all earned “A” safety grades from Leapfrog.
Safety grades come out twice a year. A hospital must earn an “A” grades to earn Top Hospital status.
Leapfrog assigns grades of A to F to general hospitals across the country. The grade is based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. The non-profit organization uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign the grades to hospitals.
“We strive to provide high quality care, while ensuring the safety of our patients,” said MaryEllen Pfeiffer, senior director of patient safety for WellSpan Health. “These A grades are always an important demonstration of our staff’s dedication to safety and quality care, and it is even more significant during these unprecedented times.”
Over 2,200 hospitals across the country were considered for Top Hospital awards. Only 105 hospitals made the cut to be selected.