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Holy Spirit Hospital Awarded an “A” for Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score

Posted: 6 December 2012

Holy Spirit Hospital was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety ScoreSM 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 is 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 and 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 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 nothing less.”

“Hospitals like this that earn an A have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Holy Spirit Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

To see Holy Spirit Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety ScoreSM website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-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), Lucian Leape (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 (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national non-profit 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 Hospital is a 315-bed facility located at 503 North 21st Street in Camp Hill. Sponsored by the Sisters of Christian Charity, Holy Spirit Hospital offers high-quality, cost-effective healthcare services to more than 500,000 people in five counties. The hospital has more than 550 physicians on its medical staff and offers a comprehensive array of inpatient and outpatient services, including minimally invasive surgery, advanced robotic surgery, cardiac care, oncology, orthopedics, imaging, laboratory, wound care/hyperbaric therapy, behavioral health, sleep therapy, diabetes education, physical therapy, and home health care.