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Published on December 14, 2020

Both Abington - Jefferson Health Hospitals Earn 'A' Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group

Abington, PA, (December 14, 2020) – Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health and Abington  Lansdale Hospital – Jefferson Health were both awarded an ‘A’ in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing both hospitals’ achievements protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across the country and updates them every six months. Safety grades are based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

“The safety of our patients has always been a core value of our organization,” says Alison Ferren, president, Abington – Jefferson Health. “And now, especially, during the COVID-19 pandemic, our staff members and physicians are working extremely hard and are wholly committed to ensuring that our hospital patients receive care that is compassionate, safe and of the highest quality. We are so very proud to have been recognized for these efforts.”

“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the care and commitment of those who work for Abington and Abington – Lansdale hospitals. With the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on it.”

Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

Both Abington and Abington – Lansdale hospitals were awarded an ‘A’ grade today when Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see the full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

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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.

About Abington – Jefferson Health

Abington – Jefferson Health encompasses Abington Hospital in Abington, Abington – Lansdale Hospital in Hatfield Township and seven convenient outpatient facilities located in Blue Bell, Elkins Park, Horsham, Lower Gwynedd, Montgomeryville, Warminster and Willow Grove. More than 1,400 physicians are on staff at both Abington Hospital and Abington – Lansdale Hospital. Abington – Jefferson Health is part of Jefferson Health and Jefferson, an organization dedicated to providing the highest quality, compassionate clinical care for patients, educating the health professionals of tomorrow, and discovering new treatments and therapies that will define the future of health care.

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