Several St. Luke’s University Health Network (SLUHN) hospitals have been named to the Top Hospital list announced today by Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit hospital safety watchdog. They are:
- St. Luke's Anderson Campus (Top Teaching)
- St. Luke's Allentown Campus (Top Teaching)
- St. Luke's Warren Campus (Top Teaching)
The Anderson and Allentown campuses were two of only three hospitals in Pennsylvania to earn the Top Teaching Hospital designation. The Warren Campus was one of five in New Jersey.
In addition, the St Luke's Endoscopy Center in Buxmont was the ONLY ambulatory surgical center (ASC) in Pennsylvania to be named a Top ASC. The Center specializes in gastrointestinal procedures such as colonoscopy. Nationwide, only 12 ASCs earned the Top ASC designation.
Leapfrog’s Top Hospital and ASC recognitions are among the health care industry’s most prestigious honors. Unlike many other health care awards, they are based entirely on an independent, scientific review of objective data.
“These awards are a credit to St. Luke’s outstanding leadership, providers, nurses and other hospital staff and volunteers,” said St. Luke’s Chief Quality Officer Donna Sabol. “Working together, we have achieved a level of excellence that benefits our entire region by ensuring that residents have access to world-class health care.”
Leapfrog's Top Hospital award recognizes the highest performing hospitals across many areas of hospital care, including infection rates, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. A total of 115 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals, including:
- 12 Top Children’s
- 32 Top General
- 13 Top Rural
- 58 Top Teaching
St. Luke’s three Top Hospital honors are further acknowledgement of SLUHN’s commitment to excellence. Last month, Leapfrog released its fall Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, awarding top marks to every St. Luke’s University Health Network hospital eligible for evaluation – 10 campuses in total. Nationwide, the only other health system with eight or more hospitals to earn straight A’s was the Mayo Clinic.
For the Leapfrog Top Hospital award, data is gathered and publicly reported through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The survey compares hospitals' performance on national standards of patient safety, quality, efficiency and management structures that prevent errors, providing the most comprehensive picture of how patients fare at individual institutions. The data collected also enables hospitals to benchmark their progress toward Leapfrog's standards and measure the care they deliver.
“It takes leadership, teamwork and absolute dedication to patients, to achieve this award,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
To see the full list of institutions honored as 2022 Top Hospitals, visit www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.