Published on October 16, 2019

Reading Hospital Among Inaugural Recipients of HAP Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition

New program honors PA hospitals for exceptional progress in harm reduction

West Reading, PA., October 15, 2019 - Reading Hospital - Tower Health  is proud to announce that it has been honored as part of the inaugural class of The Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania's (HAP) Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition program.

HAP launched the Excellence in Patient Safety program during 2018 to recognize Pennsylvania's top-performing hospitals that have demonstrated low rates of health care-associated infections.

The program utilizes data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Healthcare Safety Network, the program identifies and recognizes those member hospitals that perform better than the mean standardized infection ratio across Pennsylvania in three key measures: central line-associated bloodstream infection, catheter-associated urinary tract infection, and clostridium difficile infections. This year, 24 hospitals are being recognized for this achievement.

The recognition is open to all Pennsylvania hospitals. A full list of winners can be found at HAP's website.

"Reading Hospital is honored to be named as an inaugural recipient of the HAP Excellence in Patient Safety recognition," said William M. Jennings, President and CEO, Reading Hospital. "Our committed clinical and administrative teams work together to share and refine best practices that continually improve the high-quality care we provide to patients and the communities we serve."

"HAP's Excellence in Patient Safety Recognition is another testament to the Pennsylvania hospital community's commitment to continuously improving upon the care they provide," said Andy Carter, HAP president and CEO.

"The honorees embody our mission to make our excellent care even better, and we congratulate the hospitals recognized in this year's program."

About Reading Hospital

Reading Hospital is the flagship, Magnet Recognized, acute care hospital of Tower Health. Located in West Reading, Pa., Reading Hospital is a 714-bed hospital that is home to many top-tier specialty care centers, including Reading HealthPlex, McGlinn Cancer Institute, Miller Regional Heart Center, Emergency Department, Level I Trauma Center and Beginnings Maternity Center, which houses the region's only Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). With more than 1,000 physicians and providers across 46 locations, Reading Hospital has been recognized for its quality outcomes and clinical expertise across services lines. It is listed as one of America's 100 Best Hospitals for three consecutive years and received a 5-Star Rating from CMS. For more information, visit


About HAP

HAP is a statewide membership services organization that advocates for nearly 240 Pennsylvania acute and specialty care, primary care, subacute care, long-term care, home health, and hospice providers, as well as the patients and communities they serve. Additional information about HAP is available online at