St. Francis Hospital Gets Top Grade in New Nationwide Safety Test
ROSLYN, NY, June 6, 2012 – St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center® received an “A” on a new 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 only two hospitals in Nassau County to receive the perfect score.
“Safety is a top priority for us and we want our patients to know that St. Francis is a safe place to stay,” says Alan Guerci, M.D., President and CEO. “Getting a grade of “A” is the latest testament to our ongoing commitment of providing excellence in patient care.”
The 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 26 safety indicators. The criteria range from specific measures such as whether
a patient receives an antibiotic within hour an of surgery to more general standards, like the success of “teamwork training and skill building.”
According to Leapfrog, over 400 people die every day from preventable hospital errors, which is equivalent of a major jetliner crashing every day. 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, you can log on to: http://www.hospitalsafetyscore.org/
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