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Hospitals Earn Top Hospital Safety Scores

Olean General Hospital earned an ‘A’ for hospital safety in the spring 2019 hospital quality rating by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent non-profit rating organization which measures quality and safety in U.S. hospitals. Bradford Regional Medical Center achieved a ‘B.’ Both hospitals increased a letter grade from Leapfrog’s fall 2018 reporting.

The designation recognizes the hospitals’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer healthcare.leapfrog

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score uses measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce an A, B, C, D, or F score for hospitals across the U.S. The score represents a hospital’s overall performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“We are very pleased with scores,” said Timothy J. Finan, president and chief executive officer, Upper Allegheny Health System, BRMC, OGH.  “It’s a significant differentiator. Enhancing the quality and safety of our patient care efforts is hands down our number one priority. No one report represents a full picture of hospital quality but this report is one more indicator that our efforts to improve quality and safety are working. We extend our sincere thanks to the employees and medical staff at Olean General Hospital and Bradford Regional Medical Center for their tireless efforts to raise the bar on patient safety. These safety grades represent a phenomenal improvement over the last several Leapfrog cycles and demonstrate the singular focus with respect to improvement.”

“To be recognized nationally is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

The full Leapfrog Group spring 2019 Safety Grade update is available at hospitalsafetygrade.org.