DOYLESTOWN HOSPITAL EARNS AN "A" IN PATIENT SAFETY FROM HOSPITAL SAFETY SCORE 06/17/2013 Doylestown Hospital was recognized with an “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
“Patient safety drives everything we do,” said Doylestown Hospital CEO Jim Brexler. “Every member of our staff, all of our physicians and each and every volunteer strives to deliver the best care in the safest way possible. We’ve made that an important part of our culture and it’s something we’ve worked on diligently, and will continue to make a top priority.”
“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate Doylestown Hospital for your achievements and encourage you to continue to put a priority on the safety of your patients.”
To see Doylestown Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-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), 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 nonprofit 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 Doylestown Hospital
Doylestown Hospital is a comprehensive 238-bed medical center serving families throughout Bucks and Montgomery Counties and Western New Jersey. The Hospital, along with The Doylestown Hospital Surgery Center at the Health & Wellness Center in Warrington; Pine Run Community and Health Center; Lakeview by Pine Run, and V.I.A. Affiliates, comprise the V.I.A. Health System.
Doylestown Hospital’s Medical Staff includes more than 420 physicians in more than 40 specialty areas. The Richard A. Reif Heart Institute of Doylestown Hospital is a regional center of excellence for cardiology and cardiac surgery, and Doylestown has been named to Becker's Hospital Review’s 2013 list of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs," which recognizes outstanding hospitals for heart care in the United States. Doylestown Hospital is the only hospital in Bucks County to garner recognition on this annual list.
The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital and Penn Radiation Oncology at Doylestown offer comprehensive cancer treatment in an integrated environment. Other areas of clinical emphasis include emergency medicine, maternal-child health, orthopedics, interventional radiology, gastroenterology, urology, general surgery and robotic surgery.
Doylestown Hospital offers a complete range of advanced diagnostic technologies from all-digital mammography to PET/CT to MRI and MRA. The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital is a member of the Penn Cancer Network, and is accredited by the American College of Surgeons as a Comprehensive Community Cancer Center.
For a comprehensive list of Doylestown Hospital’s programs and services, and for the latest information on classes, events and hospital news, please visit our website – www.dh.org.