Temple University Hospital (TUH) earned an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Temple University Hospital’s achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. The Leapfrog Group is an independent nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. health system. TUH also earned an “A” grade in the fall 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
“Earning a Leapfrog ‘A’ for the second year in a row is a significant turnaround triumph and demonstrates that Temple has achieved a premier level of patient safety,” said Michael A. Young, MHA, FACHE, President and CEO of Temple University Health System and Temple University Hospital. “Our entire staff is committed to protecting patients from harm and providing evidence-based care of world-class quality.”
In its recognition letter, the Leapfrog Group emphasized that “as we begin to turn a corner in this pandemic, we continue to be reminded of how much we depend on your courage in caring….Your team has demonstrated a continued commitment to patient safety and the reduction of avoidable harm, despite these unprecedented challenges. Your entire faculty and staff should be proud of this achievement.”
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 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.