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Five WellSpan Health hospitals receive top safety grades

Five WellSpan Health hospitals receive top safety grades

Five of WellSpan Health's hospitals have received "A" safety grades from The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers widely acknowledged as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, and WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital all received the "A" safety grades.

"Our top priority at WellSpan Health is to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients. Our patients and their loved ones know they will receive exceptional, affordable, and safe care every time they visit a WellSpan facility," said Dr. Michael Seim, senior vice president and chief quality officer at WellSpan Health. "Being a trusted partner for our patients means providing a level of care that exceeds their expectations every time. These safety grades illustrate our commitment to patient safety."

The safety grades are issued twice a year. The Leapfrog Group, an independent national watchdog organization, assigns an "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" grade to general hospitals across the country based on over thirty national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections, as well as systems hospitals have in place to prevent harm.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.

Across the country, 30 percent of hospitals received an "A" safety grade this fall. In South Central Pennsylvania, there were only five "A" safety grades awarded to hospitals, all of which were WellSpan facilities.

"I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and
transparency," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "An 'A' Safety Grade is a sign
that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement."

WellSpan's remaining eligible hospital, WellSpan York Hospital earned a "B" grade.

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