St. Francis Is Only Hospital on Long Island to Get an ‘A’ in Nationwide Safety Test

Roslyn, NY- November 1, 2016- For the ninth time, St. Francis Hospital has received an ‘A’ in a national safety score that rates hospitals on the quality of their care. The letter-based rating system was devised by the Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that ranks hospitals nationwide. St. Francis was the only hospital on Long Island to get an “A” and has earned an “A” nine out of 10 times since the safety score’s debut in 2012.

“We are honored to be the only hospital on Long Island to receive an “A” and to have earned this long-term distinction since the nationwide safety score’s inception,” said Ruth E. Hennessey,

EVP & Chief Administrative Officer of St. Francis. “This achievement is a true testament to the commitment and dedication of our compassionate and skilled healthcare team. We continually focus on the pursuit of excellence and improving care for our patients.”

The semi-annual rankings rely on data from Leapfrog’s own ratings as well as outside sources including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Joint Commission. Grades range from “A” to “F” based on 28 safety indicators. Hospitals are rated on how well they prevented errors, infections, injuries, and drug mix-ups that could lead to medical complications and unnecessary loss of life. Of the 138 hospitals surveyed in New York State, just 15, about eleven percent, received an “A.”

According to Leapfrog, selecting the right hospital can reduce your risk of avoidable death by 50 percent. The ratings service says its scores empower patients to make informed decisions about the safety of their hospital care.


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