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O’Bleness Hospital earns national recognition

ATHENS — OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing O’Bleness’ achievements protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.

“We are proud to receive recognition by The Leapfrog Group for the safe and high-quality care we provide to our community, particularly during the ongoing pandemic,” said Lucy Bucher, senior director of medical affairs for OhioHealth O’Bleness Hospital. “This achievement reflects the commitment, hard work, knowledge and skill of our associates and medical staff.”

An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation, Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said.

“The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but O’Bleness shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes,” Binder said.

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.

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