Butler, PA, December 14, 2020 – Butler Memorial Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ in the
fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing
Butler Memorial Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from
harm and providing safer health care. The Leapfrog Group is an independent
national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety.
The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’,
‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to all general hospitals across
the country and is updated every six months. It is based on a hospital’s
performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections
and other harms to patients in their care.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has put incredible strain on our nurses, doctors,
and many others,” said Ken DeFurio, BHS President & CEO. “That
they continue a focus on safety and quality in this environment is a testament
to their professionalism. Patient safety is the highest priority at all
“We are extremely grateful to hospital leadership and health care
workers who have remained steadfast in prioritizing patient safety as
our nation battles COVID-19,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO
of The Leapfrog Group. “This ‘A’ is a testament to the
care and commitment of those who work for Butler Memorial Hospital. With
the current pandemic exposing existing flaws within the U.S. health care
system, we appreciate you putting patient safety first. Lives depend on
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital
Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety
data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acutecare hospitals twice
per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed
and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
Butler Memorial Hospital was awarded an ‘A’ grade today when
Leapfrog updated grades for fall 2020. To see Butler Memorial Hospital’s
full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit
hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on
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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently
report hospital and ASC 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 Butler Health System
Located in the rolling hills of Western, PA, Butler Health System (BHS)
has remained an independent community health system for over a century
and continues to grow to meet the needs of an 8-county region. BHS employs
over 3,000 employees and over 270 providers, making it the largest employer
in Butler County and the largest healthcare employer in Clarion County.
Butler Health System consists of two hospitals, Butler Memorial Hospital
(Butler, PA) and Clarion Hospital (Clarion, PA), 72 outpatient locations
throughout Butler, Clarion, Allegheny, Armstrong, Indiana, Lawrence, Mercer
and Venango counties. BHS offers patient’s access to nationally
recognized quality care in cardiology, palliative care, and maternity
as well a broad range of surgical, medical, emergency, and psychiatric
services. In addition to its primary health services, Butler Health System
has many partnerships throughout Western Pennsylvania that include Bridges
Health Partners, Benbrook Ambulatory Surgery Center, UPMC Cancer Center,
BHS FasterCare, Concordia Visiting Nurses and Good Samaritan Hospice,
and LIFE Butler County with Lutheran Senior Life.
Butler Health System provides excellent healthcare to the communities that
we serve. Our facilities have more than just state-of-the-art technology—we
have a team of compassionate and knowledgeable health care professionals.
We focus our efforts on making quality care available at an affordable
price for our local communities across the region. Our goal is to ensure
each patient has the best experience and treatment possible paired with
optimal clinical results.