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

Posted: 13 July 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 Hospital Safety ScoreSM was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.

“We are proud that our efforts in patient safety have earned us an ‘A,’” said Joseph A. Torchia, MD, 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.”

“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”

To see hospital 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 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.