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Seven PA Hospitals Earn Leapfrog's 2017 Top Hospital Award - 12/07/17

Bethlehem, PA, (December 7, 2017) – Seven Pennsylvania hospitals were named to The Leapfrog Group’s annual list of Top Hospitals which honors the highest performing hospitals on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.  The following hospitals received this coveted award for 2017:

Top Children’s Hospital:
  - St Christopher's Hospital For Children

Top General Hospitals:
  - Doylestown Hospital
  - PinnacleHealth Community General Osteopathic Hospital 
  - PinnacleHealth Harrisburg Hospital
  - PinnacleHealth West Shore Hospital
Top Teaching Hospitals:
  - Jeanes Hospital   
  - Lancaster General Hospital   

This elite award is one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive in safety and quality.  The winning facilities will be officially recognized at Leapfrog’s Annual Top Hospitals Ceremony on December 7, 2017 in Arlington, VA.

This year, Leapfrog recognized 109 Top Hospitals across the country. Of those, 10 were Top Children’s Hospitals, 45 Top General Hospitals, 18 Top Rural Hospitals and 36 Top Teaching Hospitals.  Of the 7 Top Hospitals in Pennsylvania, 1 was a Top Children’s Hospitals, 4 were Top General Hospitals, and 2 were Top Teaching Hospitals.

To read the entire news release about the 2017 Top Hospital Awards, click here

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2017 Top Hospital, please visit


Leapfrog Announces Fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grades
38 PA Hospitals Earned an "A" Letter Grade - 10/31/17

Bethlehem, PA (October 31, 2017) The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality for consumers, employers and purchasers, announced today the Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, assigning A, B, C, D and F letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the U.S. based on errors, accidents and infections.

In Pennsylvania, 126 hospitals were graded, and 38 (30%) were awarded an “A”, the highest letter grade, demonstrating these hospitals’ dedication to safe care.  Only one Pennsylvania hospital – St. Clair Hospital located in Pittsburgh -- has received ‘Straight As’ since 2013.

Twice per year, more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals are assigned A, B, C, D and F grades by the Leapfrog Group. Of the 2,632 hospitals graded in Fall 2017, 832 (32%) earned an “A,” 662 (25%) a “B,” 964 (37%) a “C,” 159 (6%) a “D” and 15 (1%) an “F.” The Grades are calculated by top patient safety experts and are peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To read the entire news release about the Fall 2017 Hospital Safety Grades and see the complete list of the 38 hospitals in PA that were graded an 'A' in this latest update, click here.

For hospital ratings in your area, click the image above or visit

To read an article published in LVB about the fall safety grades, click here.


2016 Hospital Survey Results Available Online

Choosing a hospital doesn't have to be a daunting task—as long as you have the right tools. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey results can tell you a lot about a hospital, and if it provides safe, high-quality care.  Nearly half of all U.S. hospitals voluntarily provide data to our annual survey, and we put the data at your fingertips. Whether you want to know about a hospital's C-section rate, safety protocols, or how frequently patients have to be readmitted, you'll find it all here. Look for hospitals with four green bars on the issues that matter to you. These hospitals have fully met the most rigorous standards set by our volunteer health care safety and quality experts.

LVBCH and the Leapfrog Group thank the hospitals that have chosen to demonstrate their commitment to transparency and continuous improvement through their participation in the Leapfrog Hospital Survey.  Visit to view survey results for participating hospitals. Results will be updated monthly through the end of 2016.  



Reports on Hospital Performance Issued in 2016 

To present data on aggregate hospital performance on the Annual Hospital Survey, Leapfrog has partnered with Castlight Health, an industry leader in providing tools to aid consumers in their health care decision-making. In 2016, Leapfrog and Castlight Health have issues five reports on the following topics:

To get more information about reports on hospital performance as well as news releases, click here.