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St. Francis Is One of Only Three Hospitals in New York Metro Area to Get an "A" in Nationwide Safety Test

April 12th, 2017

Roslyn, NY - For the 10th time, St. Francis Hospital has received an "A" in a national grade that rates hospitals on patient safety. The letter-based rating system was devised by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization that ranks hospitals nationwide. St. Francis was one of only two hospitals on Long Island and among just three in the New York Metro area to get an “A" for spring 2017. The hospital has earned an “A” 10 out of 11 times since the safety grade’s debut in 2012.

“We are honored to once again be part of a select group of hospitals to receive an 'A' and to have earned this longstanding distinction since the nationwide safety score’s inception,” said Ruth E. Hennessey, executive vice president & chief administrative officer of St. Francis. “This achievement reflects the dedication, compassion and commitment of our highly skilled health care team to provide the very best in patient care.”

The semi-annual rankings rely on data from Leapfrog’s own ratings, as well as outside sources, including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission. Grades range from “A” to “F” based on 30 publicly available safety measures. 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 139 hospitals surveyed in New York State, just 14, about 10 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 grades empower patients to make informed decisions about the safety of their hospital care. 

To read more about the grades and see how hospitals were rated, you can log on to:
http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/

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