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WellSpan hospitals earns an A in safety

April 30, 2020

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

"Our Leapfrog A grades demonstrate our staff's dedication to quality and safety and improving the health of our communities," said Michael B. Seim, senior vice president and chief quality officer at WellSpan Health. "This recognition highlights our commitment to providing exceptional care for our patients during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as caring for their everyday health needs."

Leapfrog assigns grades of A to F to acute-care 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.

"As the nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous dedication," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "We hope this A helps to thank the people who work and volunteer for WellSpan hospitals. They are role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary in our country’s time of need."

Find out more information about WellSpan’s Leapfrog scores.

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 flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, 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.