East Liverpool City Hospital earns high marks in safety rating

East Liverpool City Hospital received its first "A" grade from the Hospital Safety Grade

East Liverpool City Hospital emergency room.

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – A new set of hospital grades has been released from a national patient safety watchdog group, and these look at how well the hospital is protecting patients from errors and infections.

East Liverpool City Hospital just received its first “A” grade from the Hospital Safety Grade, put together by the LeapFrog Group.

The grades look at 30 quality measures, scoring hospitals on how safe they keep their patients from errors, injuries and infections.The hospital scored well in several categories related to surgery, as well as the best score for using computerized physician order entry.

The hospital has been around for 110 years, but it hasn’t always scored well.

East Liverpool City Hospital CEO Keith Richardson attributed the good rating to some major changes in getting doctors and nurses to become more engaged.

“It did take a lot of effort,” Richardson said. “We had physician buy in. Our med exec committee was instrumental in this, in addition to our nursing staff. It was a team effort; that’s the only way to put it to go from a D to an A.”

Among hospitals surveyed, 844 hospitals received an A grade for safety.

Not every hospital is ranked. Some specialty hospitals and surgical centers do not get grades.

Locally, St. Joseph Hospital in Warren got a B.

A large group of hospitals received a C, including Salem Community Hospital, St. Elizabeth Health Center’s Boardman campus, St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, Trumbull Memorial Hospital, UPMC Horizon and UPMC Jameson.

Northside Medical Center in Youngstown got a D grade.

East Liverpool City Hospital employs 200 doctors and 141 nurses to provide care to 35,000 emergency room patients per year, plus those who are referred to the hospital. Tiffany Hartlieb, business development and marketing manager at the hospital, said patients are noticing the major improvements.

“They recognize that the staff are different. That it’s the same people but with a different attitude and a different mentality. That our nurses are more caring, and they’re truly making more of the effort to be empathetic in the care delivery,” she said.

Only 39 percent of hospitals in Ohio and 24 percent in Pennsylvania got an A grade.

You can find all of the local hospital’s safety grades at www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.

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