Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park received a ‘D’ rating from The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit organization that rates hospitals throughout the United States.
The Leapfrog Group states that it “assigns ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ and ‘F’ letter grades to general acute-care hospitals in the United States.”
According to this non-profit organization, it administers this rating system “on behalf of employers and other purchasers [and that] the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the nation’s only rating system focused entirely on errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is reviewed by a National Expert Panel and receives guidance from the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. It is updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring.”
No score was provided by The Leapfrog Group for MRSA Infection at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park because the hospital declined to report the information, according to The Leapfrog Group. No scores were provided by The Leapfrog Group for a number of categories at this hospital.
A score of 0.611 was provided by The Leapfrog Group for C. diff Infection at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park.
A score of 1.91 was provided by The Leapfrog Group for Dangerous Bed Sores at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park. According to The Leapfrog Group, this score was the worst score a hospital could receive from this organization.
A score of 100 was provided by The Leapfrog Group for Specially-Trained Doctors Care for ICU Patients at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park. This score was the best score issued to hospitals by The Leapfrog Group.
A score of 6.66 was provided by The Leapfrog Group for Dangerous Blood Clots at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park. This score was closer to the worst score issued to hospitals, according to The Leapfrog Group, as opposed to the best hospital score issued by the organization.
A score of 60.00 was provided by The Leapfrog Group for Handwashing at Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park. This score was the best score issued to hospitals by The Leapfrog Group.
You can review all of the scores for this hospital, the basis of the rating system, and other details by visiting the website of The Leapfrog Group.
The response from Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park:
“Einstein Healthcare Network is committed to quality improvement through meaningful measures, transparency, and accountability,” stated Dr. Rohit Gulati, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network.
“It is important to note that the data reflected in this rating is, in some cases, as much as three years old,” Dr. Gulati continued. “Einstein has addressed many of the issues which contributed to this current rating and believe these enhanced programs and procedures will reflect in improved ratings in future reports.”
Dr. Gulati concluded by stating that “We’re proud to have established a long history of providing quality care to the communities we serve.”
Some background regarding The Leapfrog Group:
According to its website, “The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care.”
“Health care was an important issue in the 2018 mid-term elections, yet both parties are still neglecting the third leading cause of death in America—errors and infections in hospitals,” said Ms. Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Every elected official, from city councilors, to senators, to the President, should hold hospitals accountable and support efforts to improve patient safety.”
Among the board members for this non-profit organization are, according to its website, former or current leaders of Aon, General Motors Corporation, Korn/Ferry International, Lockheed Martin, and Wal-Mart.
Images of the reports from The Leapfrog Group are courtesy of The Leapfrog Group, 2018.
The photograph of Einstein Medical Center Elkins Park is courtesy of Einstein Healthcare Network, 2018.