Published in Philadelphia Business Journal.com

The number of area hospitals reporting safety and outcome data to the Leapfrog Group continued to climb last year to a new record level.

Thirty hospitals — out of a possible 55 — in southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware submitted survey data, according to the Greater Philadelphia Business Coalition of Health. The GPBCH serves as a Leapfrog regional roll-out organization in a partnership with the Delaware Valley Health Care Coalition.

The information is collected by the Leapfrog Group, a independent group of employers and health experts working together to improve health care quality and efficiency, to enable people and business to make more informed purchases of health care services.

Neil Goldfarb, President and CEO of the GPBCH, said the number of Philadelphia-area hospitals that submitted surveys last year represents a 10-fold increase since the coalition first began advocating 2012.

Just three hospitals participated in the survey three years ago.

“Over the last four years, we have been able to make considerable impact on the number of hospitals reporting their data to the Leapfrog Survey because [the coalition] has employer members that represent more 750,000 lives in this region,” Goldfarb said. “That is a significant portion of the population who utilize our region’s hospitals.”

Nationwide, 1,750 out of 2,500 hospitals completed the Leapfrog Hospital Survey in 2015, a 17% increase over 2014.

Here’s the list of local hospitals that submitted surveys in 2015:

Abington Health Lansdale Hospital and Abington Memorial Hospital;
Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children;
Aria Health – Bucks County, Frankford and Torresdale divisions;
Beebe Healthcare;
Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Eastern Regional Medical Center;
Christiana Care Health System – Christiana Hospital, Wilmington Hospital;
Crozer Keystone Health System – Crozer Chester Medical Center, Delaware County Memorial Hospital, Springfield Hospital, Taylor Hospital;
Doylestown Hospital;
Grand View Hospita;l
Hahnemann University Hospital;
Jeanes Hospital;
Lower Bucks Hospital;
Mercy Health System – Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, Mercy Suburban Hospital, Nazareth Hospital, Mercy Philadelphia Hospital;
Nanticoke Memorial Hospital;
Roxborough Memorial Hospital;
St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children;
St. Mary Medical Center;
Temple University Hospital; and
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital – Center City and Methodist Hospital campuses.

Under the “regional roll-out” efforts of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the following 14 hospitals in South Jersey – out of 17 total – submitted surveys:

Cape Regional Medical Center;
Cooper University Health Care;
Inspira Medical Center – Elmer, Vineland, and Woodbury campuses;
Kennedy University Hospital – Cherry Hill, Stratford, and Washington Township hospitals;
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center and Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington;
Shore Medical Center; and
Virtua Hospital – Virtua Memorial Hospital, and Marlton and Voorhees campuses.