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Butler Memorial Hospital Awarded ‘A’ Hospital Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group

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November 16, 2022 – Butler Memorial Hospital received an “A” Hospital Safety Grade from The Leapfrog Group. This national distinction celebrates Butler Memorial Hospital’s achievements in protecting hospital patients from preventable harm and errors.

“In addition to the important and often stressful work that is inherent to healthcare, for nearly 3 years the Covid-19 pandemic has put incredible strain on our nurses, doctors, and the entire healthcare team,” said Ken DeFurio, BHS President & CEO. “Every member of the BHS team continues to focus on safety and quality in this environment. Again earning a Leapfrog ‘A’ is a testament to their professionalism. Regardless of what we are up against, patient safety is the highest priority at all times.”

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization with a 10-year history of assigning letter grades to general hospitals throughout the United States, based on a hospital’s ability to prevent medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. Hospital Safety Grade results are based on more than 30 national performance measures and are updated each fall and spring.

“I applaud the hospital leadership and workforce for their strong commitment to safety and transparency,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is a sign that hospitals are continuously evaluating their performance, so that they can best protect patients. Your hospital team should be extremely proud of their dedication and achievement.”

To see Butler Memorial Hospital’s full grade details and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit HospitalSafetyGrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter, Facebook, and via its newsletter.

About Butler Health System

Located in the rolling hills of Western, PA, Butler Health System (BHS) consists of two hospitals, Butler Memorial Hospital (Butler, PA) and Clarion Hospital (Clarion, PA). It 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 has over 70 outpatient locations, employs 3,000 people and over 270 providers, making it the largest employer in Butler County and the largest healthcare employer in Clarion County.

BHS offers patients 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 includes Bridges Health Partners, Benbrook Ambulatory Surgery Center, UPMC Cancer Center, BHS FasterCare, Concordia Visiting Nurses, Good Samaritan Hospice, and LIFE Butler County with Lutheran Senior Life. 

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 for patient safety. 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. For more, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our newsletter.