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Geisinger Medical Center named one of nation's top hospitals for safety

CONTACT:  Mike Ferlazzo: 570-214-7410, 515-450-2908 (c)
April 25, 2013

DANVILLE, Pa. – Geisinger Medical Center (GMC) was listed as one of the top hospitals for safety in the April/May 2013 issue of AARP The Magazine, based on data from the Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score. GMC is one of just three Pennsylvania hospitals on the list of hospital safety standouts, which can be found online at

The Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Score program grades hospitals on their overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The grades are derived from expert analysis of publicly available data using 26 evidence-based, national measures of hospital safety, all currently in use by national measurements and reporting programs.

With more than 37 million readers, AARP The Magazine is the world’s largest circulation magazine and the definitive lifestyle publication for Americans 50 and older. The magazine teamed up with the nonprofit organization The Leapfrog Group to highlight the innovative steps some hospitals are taking to protect the health of their patients.

“We are pleased by the recognition for our safety practices at GMC, particularly since patient safety is always a top priority,” said John Bulger, DO, MBA, chief quality officer, Geisinger Health System. “While this endorses our current safety measures, we will continue to strive to improve the care for our patients.”

In the expanded article, Geisinger was lauded for:

  • More reporting of good catches and near misses to increase proactive performance improvement.
  • Added hand-washing stations outside every room.
  • Teamwork training provided around hospital-acquired infections. Checklists are used, and cultural changes were implemented.
  • Nurses make hourly patient rounds.

The Hospital Safety Score uses national performance measures from the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. It additionally uses secondary data from the American Hospital Association’s Annual Survey.

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