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WellSpan hospitals achieve Leapfrog ‘A’ designation

November 07, 2019


Three WellSpan hospitals have earned an A safety grade from Leapfrog, an independent national watchdog organization, in its fall report.

The WellSpan hospitals that earned A grades include:

  • WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital.
  • WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital.
  • WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital.

 In addition, WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital, though it did not qualify for the award due to its size, had scores consistent with an A.

“Across our system, our hospitals work hard to ensure our patients receive excellent care,” said MaryEllen Pfeiffer, director of patient safety for WellSpan Health. “These A grades demonstrate our staffs’ dedication to quality and safety at every level of care.”

Leapfrog assigns grades of A to F to general hospitals across the country, based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care. The non-profit organization uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign the grades to hospitals.

“ ‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

To see WellSpan hospitals’ full grade details, and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

About WellSpan Health
WellSpan Health is an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The organization is comprised of approximately 1,500 employed physicians and advanced practice clinicians, a regional behavioral health organization, a home care organization, eight respected hospitals, more than 19,000 employees, and more than 170 patient care locations. WellSpan is a charitable, mission-driven organization, committed to exceptional care for all, lifelong wellness and healthy communities.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.