City Hospital earns ‘A’ for patient safety

EAST LIVERPOOL — New Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the United States, were announced by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog.

East Liverpool City Hospital was one of 844 hospitals to receive an “A,” ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“We are honored to be recognized for this outstanding accomplishment. It truly reflects the level of commitment of our staff and physicians to ensure that patient safety is a top priority,” said Keith Richardson, CEO of City Hospital. ” More importantly, it provides patients with data specific to quality measures that allows them to make informed decisions about where to access their health care.”

Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said “Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital. We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

East Liverpool City Hospital’s full grade, as well as consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, is available at visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org. Information also available by following The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers also can download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

East Liverpool City Hospital –a 152-bed acute care hospital — also recently was recognized with the Healthgrades 2016 Patient Safety Excellence Award. The distinction places ELCH among the top 10 percent of hospitals in the nation for its excellent performance.

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