PMC gets national A grade for patient safety

April testing covered 2,500 hospitals with 30 measures
New Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S. health care system, were announced today by The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Pocono Medical Center received an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“This recognition by our nation’s premier advocates for patient safety demonstrates both the dedication of our medical staff and healthcare team, but most importantly, our value in being recognized as the region’s only designated healthcare provider delivering safe and excellent care, close to home,” said Jeff Snyder, CEO and president of Pocono Medical Center, celebrating more than 100 years of community medical service needs..

“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. To see Pocono Medical Center’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitteror Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.

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 flagshipLeapfrog 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. Hospital Safety Score, 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.

NCC, workforce alliance get grant for hotel instrocution
The Pocono Counties Workforce Development Board, Luzerne/Schuylkill Workforce Development Board, Northampton Community College and Luzerne County Community College, have been awarded a Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry grant to offer the Bridge to Employment in the Hospitality Industry Program to residents in Carbon, Monroe, Pike, Wayne, Luzerne and Schuylkill counties.
Northampton Community College and Luzerne County Community College will provide the Skills, Tasks, and Results Training (START) program, which provides students with the opportunity to earn a total of five industry recognized credentials. The 300-hour program is designed to provide:
• 200 hours of instruction covering all aspects of hotel operations.
• Development of skills necessary to enter four distinct career pathways – front desk representative, guestroom attendant, maintenance employee and restaurant server.
• 45 hours of academic support
• 55 hours of field experience at a hotel, resort or restaurant
Gregg Marzano, an adjunct faculty member at Northampton Community College with 25 years of hospitality experience, has been hired as program coordinator and will oversee the day-to-day operations and coordinate the field experience with participating resorts and restaurants in Pike, Wayne, Monroe and Luzerne counties.
The program is expected to serve 120 participants with a goal of providing a pathway to employment in the hospitality industry and/or the background needed to enroll in a credit-bearing hospitality program at Northampton Community College, Luzerne Community College or East Stroudsburg University.
Classes are scheduled to begin June 13 at the NCC-Monroe Campus in Tannersville and on site at the Pike/Wayne Workforce Alliance at 92 Main Ave., Hawley. For details to register for the training or to participate as a partner hotel, resort or restaurant, contact Gregg Marzano at 570-369-1947 or 610-248-4389.

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