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Geisinger-Community Medical Center named one of safest hospitals in country

SCRANTON, Pa. – Once again, Geisinger-Community Medical Center (G-CMC) has received the top score for safety by the Leapfrog Group, receiving an “A” rating in the group’s most recent report released Tuesday, April 29, 2014.

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score graded 1,324 hospitals from “A” to “F”. To receive an “A” grade, G-CMC and other top-ranking medical facilities met stringent standards for delivering the highest quality care by preventing medical errors, reducing mortality for high-risk procedures like heart bypass surgery, adequately staffing intensive care units and reducing readmissions for patients being treated for conditions like pneumonia and heart attack.

G-CMC exceeded all Leapfrog measures and was designated a “Best Performing Hospital” in 10 of the 15 Process Measures. Process measures include the structures and procedures a hospital has in place to protect patients from errors, accidents and injuries. G-CMC was deemed a Best Performing Hospital in the areas of Nursing Workforce, Teamwork Training and Skill-Building, and Identification and Mitigation of Risks and Hazards.

“To be recognized by outside organizations for our hospital’s dedication to safety and quality is a great honor, and the fact that our staff provides one of the best environments for patients should be a true source of pride for all employees,” said Anthony Aquilina, D.O., chief medical officer, G-CMC. “We will continue to strive for the very best patient experience for those who seek our care and we’re especially honored to achieve the Best Performing Hospital status.”

According to Leapfrog, “a well-designed nursing workforce should have an effective nurse staffing plan, as well as administrative nursing leaders and governance boards that make staffing decisions, provide resources and take accountability for reducing patient safety risks related to nurse staffing decisions.” Identification and Mitigation of Risks and Hazards standards include a hospital’s ability to “continuously drive down preventable patient harm…identify patient safety risks and hazards, involve all levels of the organization, undertake activities to minimize harm and communicate patient safety information to the appropriate external organizations.”

Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre also received the top “A” grade.

The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the voluntary Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to produce the letter grade representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors.

 

A complete list of 2013 Leapfrog Top Hospitals and the survey results for all participating hospitals are posted on www.leapfroggroup.org/TopHospitals.