3 Nassau hospitals earn ‘A’ safety grade

3 Nassau hospitals earn ‘A’ safety grade
St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center in Flower Hill. It was one of four Long Island hospitals to get the Leapfrog Group's "A" safety grade. (Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons)

Four Long Island hospitals, three in Nassau, received an ‘A’ rating in The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2022 Hospital Safety Grades, which were released on May 10.

Flower Hill’s St. Francis Hospital & Heart Center, Port Jefferson’s Mather Hospital, Manhasset’s North Shore University Hospital and Mineola’s NYU Langone Hospital–Long Island all scored an “A,” the highest possible mark.

The ratings are published biannual. They are based on information supplied to the government Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and its own poll. 

In particular, they focus on a hospital’s ability to protect patients from avoidable errors, accidents, injuries and infections.

Dr. Peter Silver, the chief quality officer of Northwell Health, expressed delight in the grade in a statement to Blank Slate Media. Northwell Health’s network that North Shore University Hospital.

“All of our Northwell Hospitals are committed to patient safety in order to provide the best patient experience possible,” Silver said. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade is an outstanding achievement, and one that is not possible without a 24/7 effort by the entire health care workforce working to improve the quality of care for our patients each and every day.”

Nearly 3,000 hospitals in the United States were graded. Of these, 21 Long Island hospitals submitted data. Along with the four hospitals that scored an “A,” five hospitals obtained a “B,” nine received a “C” and three got a “D.”

When the ratings are broken down by county, the hospital split is nearly even, with 11 Nassau and 10 Suffolk hospitals contributing data.

While Nassau hospitals got three of the four “A” ratings, when the “B” and “C” grades were combined, Suffolk hospitals outweighed Nassau hospitals eight to six. Furthermore, Nassau received two “D” ratings to Suffolk’s one.

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