LVH–Cedar Crest Earns Top Safety Designation From The Leapfrog Group

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LVH–Cedar Crest named a top teaching hospital for outstanding quality and safety

Lehigh Valley, Pa. (Dec. 5, 2023) – Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar Crest is receiving national recognition for providing safe, high-quality care and is named a Top Teaching Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, a national safety watchdog organization.

The Top Hospital Designation is among the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive, and each recipient must meet The Leapfrog Group’s strict standards for care defined by the 2023 Top Hospital methodology. This includes metrics for infection rates, practices for safer surgery, maternity care and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. Hospitals must also receive an “A” for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group for fall 2023.

“Quality and compassionate care cannot happen without putting safety first,” says Matthew McCambridge, MD, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality, Patient Safety and Acute Care Continuum Officer, LVHN. “Being one of the nation’s Top Teaching Hospitals shows LVH–Cedar Crest is committed to preventing harm. This allows our clinicians to provide the high level of safe care our patients expect and deserve.”

More than 2,100 hospitals were considered for Leapfrog’s Top Hospitals Honors, but only 132 were selected, including:

  • Eight Top Children’s Hospitals
  • 34 Top General Hospitals
  • 15 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 75 Top Teaching Hospitals

“Protecting patients from preventable harm is the cornerstone of The Leapfrog Group’s mission,” says Leah Binder, President and CEO, The Leapfrog Group. “LVH–Cedar Crest has demonstrated that patient safety is their top priority, and we’re truly pleased to recognize them as a Top Hospital this year. Congratulations to hospital staff at all levels who made this national recognition possible.”

Top hospitals will be honored Dec. 5 during the 2023 Leapfrog Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.

To see the full list of institutions honored as 2023 Top Hospitals, visit

Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) includes 13 hospital campuses, four in Allentown, two in Bethlehem, one in Easton, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton, two in Pottsville, one in Dickson City, and one in Lehighton, Pa.; 28 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE locations including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes: trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center; kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer InstituteLehigh Valley Heart and Vascular InstituteLehigh Valley Institute for Surgical ExcellenceLehigh Valley Orthopedic Institute and Lehigh Valley Fleming Neuroscience Institute physicians provide the most advanced treatments. Lehigh Valley Topper Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Alliance (MSK Cancer Alliance), an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s first and most trusted children’s hospital, provides access to the most pediatric specialties in the region and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH) is ranked 27th in the country for orthopedic care and among the top 10 hospitals in Pennsylvania by U.S. News & World Report. LVH is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the top hospital in the Allentown metro area for the 10th year in a row. Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)–Cedar CrestLVH–17th Street and LVH–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting or following us on Facebook LinkedIn and Instagram.


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 for patient safety. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC 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. For more, follow us on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn and sign up for our newsletter.


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Brian Downs
Public Information Officer
Marketing and Public Affairs
Lehigh Valley Health Network