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Suburban Community Hospital Nationally Recognized with an ‘A’
Grade in the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades
East Norriton, PA, November 7, 2019 – For the first time, Suburban Community Hospital, a member of Prime
Healthcare, has received an A for patient safety in the latest Leapfrog
Hospital Safety Grades report card.
The biannual report card recognizes hospitals across the country for their
efforts to protect patients from harm and provide safer healthcare.
“The honor of receiving an ‘A’ is a pinnacle achievement
for our Hospital. Our team members are dedicated to providing the best
outcomes for our patients through the implementation of high reliability
tools and behaviors across the board,” said Matt Shelak, CEO of
Suburban Community Hospital. “I applaud our team for the outstanding
and safe care they provide each and every day that contributed to this
For the last several years, Leapfrog consistently awarded Bs to Suburban
Community Hospital with one exception. The latest period reflects a concerted
effort by the hospital to improve every-day procedures to protect patients
from harm and meet the highest safety standards in the United States.
“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting
patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder,
president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment
at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board
of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so
hard to earn this A.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven
by employers and other purchasers of healthcare committed to improving
healthcare quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.
The Safety Grade assigns “A” to “F” letter grades
to all general hospitals across the country based on their performance
in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other
harms to patients in their care.
Developed under the guidance of a
national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available
hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 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.
“Improving patient care by focusing on key quality and safety indicators
is integral to achieving Suburban Community Hospital’s overall quality
and safety objectives,” said Dorothy Patzek MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief
Operating Officer. “Quality data is a critical tool that allows
us to promote performance improvement and focus on protecting patients
from preventable harm and delivering safe, high-quality care to the communities
Recently, Suburban Community Hospital was recipient of the Healthgrades
2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award, named among the Top 5% in the Nation,
and was the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Get
With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus with Honor Roll Elite Award recipient in 2019.
To see Suburban Community Hospital’s full Leapfrog grade details,
learn how employers can help, and access patient tips for staying safe
in the hospital, visit
About Suburban Community Hospital- Suburban Community Hospital is a not-for-profit, acute care hospital, and a member of the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
For over 65 years, Suburban Community Hospital has been delivering quality
healthcare to Montgomery County and the surrounding region. Suburban Community
Hospital, originally named Riverview Hospital, opened in 1944. Chartered
at 740 Sandy Street in Norristown, PA, Riverview Osteopathic Hospital
would provide medical and surgical services to the sick, afflicted and
injured, and would educate persons in the care and nursing. As part of
Prime Healthcare Services, headquartered in Ontario, California, Suburban
Community Hospital is focused on becoming one of the leaders in technology.
Prime Healthcare is an award-winning hospital management company operating
45 acute care hospitals in 14 states, including Roxborough Memorial Hospital
in Philadelphia and Lower Bucks Hospital in Bucks County.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers,
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps
forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship
Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers
to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information
they need to make informed decisions. The
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals
based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves
and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.