Conemaugh Memorial Earns Second Consecutive ‘A’ for Patient Safety in Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Guide

April 24, 2018

Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center has earned its second consecutive ‘A’ rating for its efforts in protecting patients from harm and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States. The recognition is from The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C. based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. Conemaugh Memorial also earned an ‘A’ for Fall 2017.

The Safety Grade assigns an A, B, C, D, or F grade to hospitals across the country based on performance in preventing medical errors, infections, and other harms among patients in their care. In the Spring 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, only 750 hospitals in the United States received an ‘A’ grade, including Conemaugh Memorial.

“We are so proud of our team for earning an ‘A’ two years in a row,” says Steve Tucker, Chief Executive Officer for Conemaugh Health System. “We work diligently each day to provide exceptional care for our patients. Patient safety is at the core of all we do. We have implemented various programs over several decades to ensure we are always enhancing our processes and utilizing best practices in the industry.”

“This is the only national rating of how well hospitals protect patients from preventable harm and death, such as medical errors, infections, and injuries,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Receiving an ‘A’ Safety Grade means a hospital is among the best in the country for preventing these terrible problems and putting their patients first, 24 hours a day.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to approximately 2,500 United States hospitals twice per year. It is peer reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

To see Conemaugh Memorial’s full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.