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Published on May 16, 2019

Annie Penn and Wesley Long Hospitals Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety From Leapfrog

This is the second top safety score for Cone Health in two days.

Annie Penn Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital were awarded A’s from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to hospitals based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

Earlier this week, Annie Penn Hospital and Wesley Long Hospital were among several Cone Health hospitals named to the top 5% of hospitals in the nation for patient safety by Healthgrades.

“The winner in all of this is our patients,” says Bruce Swords, MD, PhD, chief physician executive, Cone Health. “Every physician, every nurse, every employee who supports them, all want to provide the safest care possible to every patient. It’s great to see that so many organizations realize that the safest care is found at Cone Health.”  

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 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.

“To be recognized nationally as an 'A' hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”

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