Leapfrog gives Indiana Regional Medical Center a “B” grade | local news

Fall 2022 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade results were released, with the Indiana Regional Medical Center falling back to a grade of “B” after achieving an “A” in the spring.

“IRMC has oscillated between Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade A and B for several years,” said Dr. Richard Neff, IRMC Chief Medical Officer. “We strive to keep working to reduce damage and are proud of the results, but there is still more work to be done.”

In a multi-category breakdown, IRMC scored:

• An above average score of 0.790 for infections, with the best hospital score being zero, the worst being 4.287 and the mean being 1.13.

• A best-case score of zero for surgical problems, with a worst score of 0.373 and an average of 0.02.

• An above-average score of 0.89 for safety issues, with the best hospital score being 0.60, the average being 1.00, and the worst being 3.34.

• Best case score of 100 for practices to avoid errors, with an average of 87.00 and worst hospital score of five.

However, in the “Doctors, Nurses and Hospital Staff” category, Leapfrog said IRMC “declined to report” the requested information. The best hospital grade here was 120.00, the worst at zero and the average hospital grade at 116.32.

In fact, Leapfrog said, “Thousands of hospitals across the country report to the Leapfrog Hospital Survey to help patients and shoppers make better healthcare decisions. This hospital did not participate.”

Annie D. Rizzo, White Township Hospital’s director of marketing and community relations, said IRMC “like many other hospitals of our size, doesn’t have the resources available to provide all of the detail needed to share most of the information that we do.” didn’t report.”

The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit national monitoring organization that advances patient safety in hospitals, said the fall 2022 results mark the 10th anniversary of the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which assigns a grade to nearly 3,000 general hospitals across the US, depending on how well they protect patients from avoidable medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

“Never in history have we seen an overall improvement in patient safety to coincide with the history of the Hospital Safety Grade through this past decade,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

Dalton Cox, senior account executive at JPA Health, said 40.9 percent of Pennsylvania’s hospitals received an “A” rating, the ninth-best state in the country.

At the regional level, Punxsutawney Area Hospital, a partner of the IRMC Pennsylvania Mountains Health Care Network, received an “A” rating, versus “C” grades in Spring 2022 and Fall 2021, and was unrated in Spring 2021 and Fall 2020.

November 1st marked the second anniversary of PMCN and the two hospitals merging their boards as they strive for an even more integrated healthcare system.

PMCN was founded in 2015 as the parent company of IRMC, PAH and Clarion Hospital as the three institutions explored opportunities for closer integration in an increasingly challenging healthcare market.

Since then, Clarion Hospital has become part of the Butler Health System, which in June of this year agreed to combine its operations with Excela Health, the parent company of hospitals in Latrobe, Greensburg and Mt. Pleasant.

At the Fall 2020 grading, Butler Memorial Hospital and Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg each received an “A,” Latrobe Hospital received a “B,” and Excela Health Frick Hospital in Mt. Pleasant and Clarion Hospital each received a “C “.

Also nearby, Allegheny Health Network’s Forbes Hospital and UPMC East, both in Monroeville, each received an “A” rating, as did UPMC Altoona’s Passavant, Shadyside and Presbyterian Hospitals and Pittsburgh, AHN’s Allegheny Valley Hospital in Natrona Heights and West Penn Hospital in Pittsburgh.

ACMH Hospital near Kittanning, Penn Highlands DuBois and Chan Soon-Shiong Medical Center in Windber each received a “C,” and Duke LifePoint’s Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center received a “D.”

Statewide, Leapfrog officials said, 30 percent of hospitals received an “A,” 28 percent a “B,” 36 percent a “C,” 6 percent a “D,” and 1 percent an “F.”