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

Roslyn, NY, April 12, 2017- For the tenth time, St. Francis Hospital has received an ‘A’ in a national score 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.” The Hospital has earned an “A” 10 out of 11 times since the safety score’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, EVP & Chief Administrative Officer of St. Francis. “This achievement reflects the dedication, compassion, and commitment of our highly skilled healthcare 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 and 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 ten 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, you can log on to: http://www.hospitalsafetygrade.org/

Contact:
Paul Barry, 516-365-7965, paul.barry@chsli.org
Rosemary Gomez, 516-365-7970, rosemary.gomez@chsli.org