East Liverpool City Hospital receives ‘A’ rating

EAST LIVERPOOL — The Leapfrog Group awarded East Liverpool City Hospital an “A” for patient safety in its fall 2018 report card that grades hospitals for their efforts in protecting patients from harm, while Healthgrades gave the hospital a five-star rating for treatment of heart failure, pneumonia, GI bleed, sepsis and respiratory failure.

It is the second A in a row from the Leapfrog Group for East Liverpool City Hospital, a member of Prime Healthcare.

“At East Liverpool City Hospital, we take patient safety very seriously,” said CEO Keith Richardson. “We pride ourselves on keeping our patients and community safe while in our care. The Leapfrog Group grade ‘A’ recognition is a great accomplishment and winning it consecutively signifies that we are committed to continuously improving upon the award-winning health services we provide. Thank you to our employees, providers and volunteers for your commitment to our patients and the community.”

East Liverpool City Hospital is one of 855 hospitals in the country to be awarded by The Leapfrog Group, a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like East Liverpool City Hospital that focus on advancing patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region.”

The hospital also was five-star rated for treatment of heart failure, pneumonia, GI bleed, sepsis and respiratory failure by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

“To be awarded the 2019 Healthgrades awards in cardiac, pulmonary, gastrointestinal and critical care is an accomplishment,” Richardson said. “Our health care team is focused on continuously improving upon the award-winning care they provide.”

The Healthgrades achievements are part of new findings and data featured in the Healthgrades 2019 Report to the Nation. The new report demonstrates how clinical performance continues to differ dramatically between hospitals regionally and nationally.

Every year, Healthgrades evaluates hospital performance at almost 4,500 hospitals nationwide for 32 of the most common inpatient procedures and conditions, as well as tracking outcomes in appendectomy and bariatric surgery using all-payer data provided by 15 states and the District of Columbia.

A five-star rating indicates that East Liverpool City Hospital’s clinical outcomes are statistically significantly better than expected when treating the condition or performing the procedure being evaluated.

East Liverpool City Hospital also was awarded the 2018 Patient Safety Excellence award by Healthgrades and named among the top 5 percent in the nation for patient safety.

In addition to the Healthgrades awards, East Liverpool City Hospital was named a Top 100 Hospital in the nation by Watson Health and named Top 10 of the Top 100 Hospitals in the nation by Everest.

“It is an honor to participate in the healthcare of our community and provide our patients with the best possible medical care with dedication to quality and safety,” said Dr. Gretchen Nickell, East Liverpool City Hospital’s Chief Medical Officer.