St. Francis Gets Another ‘A’ in Nationwide Safety Test
Roslyn, NY- November 8, 2018- For the twelfth 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 one of just three hospitals on Long Island and the only one in Nassau County and Queens to get an ‘A.’ The Hospital has earned an ‘A’ 12 out of 14 times since the safety score’s debut in 2012.
“To be ranked among a select group of hospitals yet again reflects the dedication, compassion, and commitment of our topnotch team to providing excellence in patient care,” said Ruth E. Hennessey, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer of St. Francis. “Receiving an ‘A’ rating in an extremely competitive healthcare environment is a reflection to our ongoing mission to provide the highest caliber of hospital care.”
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 27 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 145 hospitals surveyed in New York State, only a dozen or just eight 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.
To read more about the scores and see how hospitals were rated, log on to Leapfrog's site.
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