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Doylestown Hospital Excels in Patient Safety – Awarded an “A” in Spring 2014 Hospital Safety Score

DOYLESTOWN, PA. April 29, 2014 - Designed to rate how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, the latest Hospital Safety Score honored Doylestown Hospital with an "A" - its top grade in patient safety.

"We are driven to provide the highest quality care possible," said Chief Medical Officer Scott Levy, MD of Doylestown Hospital. "That includes the safety of our patients in our care, as well as the ultimate outcome of that care. This is our culture. We encourage patients and their families to research ratings like the Leapfrog score, as we emphasize transparency and welcome the involvement of patients in their own care. Our Associates and Medical Staff can take pride in this patient safety honor."

"Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly," said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. "No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Doylestown Hospital for achieving an "A" and showing us that you made the well-being of you patients your top priority."

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog's Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F" score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.

To see how Doylestown Hospital's score compares locally and nationally, and to access safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website. Consumers also have the ability to download a free Hospital Safety Score app.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group, 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, Visiting Nurse/Home Health and VIA Affiliates, comprise the VIA 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. The Cancer Institute of Doylestown Hospital and Penn Radiation Oncology at Doylestown offer comprehensive cancer treatment in an integrated environment. The Cancer Institute was granted Three-Year Accreditation with Commendation by the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons in 2013.

Doylestown Hospital has earned the Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval® for its Hip and Knee Replacement programs and was named an Independence Blue Cross Blue Distinction Center+ in Knee and Hip Replacement in 2013.

Other areas of clinical emphasis include emergency medicine, maternal-child health, interventional radiology, gastroenterology, urology, general surgery and robotic surgery.

Visit the Doylestown Hospital website for a comprehensive list of programs and services, and for the latest information on classes, events and hospital news.