DOYLESTOWN, PA, December 7, 2017 – Doylestown Hospital was named a Leapfrog Top Hospital for the second consecutive year, and accepts the recognition during a national event in Arlington, VA on December 7, 2017. Doylestown is one of 45 general hospitals in the U.S. to earn the recognition.
The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. It is especially notable because The Leapfrog Group, an independent watchdog organization, considers quality measures that are significant to both purchasers and consumers of health care.
Doylestown Hospital also recently received an "A" grade in patient safety from Leapfrog.
"The outstanding associates, volunteers and medical staff at Doylestown Hospital and Doylestown Health are engaged in continuous quality improvement and patient safety initiatives to ensure that our community-based, non-profit health system remains relevant and indispensible to those we have the privilege to serve," said Jim Brexler, president and CEO. "National recognition of our hospital and clinical services are welcome affirmations, however, the high quality of care we deliver to patients and their families through teamwork and professionalism is the true measure of quality at Doylestown Health."
According to Scott Levy, MD, chief medical officer of Doylestown Health, this most recent national honor comes at a transformational time for the health system.
"As we prepare to begin our second century of compassionate caring and introduce new and expanded healthcare services, the Leapfrog designation validates the clinical integration efforts of Doylestown Health to encourage wellness and respond to the challenges of illness," Dr. Levy said.
Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Doylestown Hospital received a Top General Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:
- 45 Top General Hospitals
- 18 Top Rural Hospitals
- 36 Top Teaching Hospitals
- 10 Top Children's Hospitals
Doylestown Hospital was one of only four hospitals in Pennsylvania to be recognized as a Top General Hospital.
Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including outcomes for serious conditions such as heart attacks and stroke, infection rates, maternity care, and staffing. The rigorous standards are defined in each year's Top Hospital Methodology.
"We are proud to recognize Doylestown Hospital as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital. This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.
The selection of Top Hospitals 2017 is based on surveys from nearly 1,900 hospitals. See the full list of institutions honored as 2017 Top Hospitals.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog's other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
About Doylestown Health
Doylestown Health is a comprehensive healthcare system of inpatient, outpatient and wellness education services connected to meet the health needs of all members of the local and regional community. Doylestown Hospital, the flagship to Doylestown Health has 271 beds and a Medical Staff of more than 435 physicians in over 50 specialties. An independent nonprofit health system, Doylestown Health is dedicated to providing innovative, patient-centered care for all ages.