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

November 1st, 2016

Roslyn, NY - For the ninth time, St. Francis Hospital has received an "A" in a national safety grade. 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” in the fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade and has earned an “A” 9 out of 10 times since the safety grade’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, executive vice president and chief administrative officer of St. Francis. “This achievement is a true testament to the commitment and dedication of our compassionate and skilled health care 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 & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission. Grades range from “A” to “F”, based on 30 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 11 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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