2 CHS Hospitals Earn ‘A’ Rating from Leapfrog
St. Francis Hospital and St. Charles Hospital, both members of Catholic Health Services (CHS), were awarded an ‘A’ - the top grade for patient safety - in the spring 2020 Hospital Safety Score, administered by The Leapfrog Group. St. Francis and St. Charles were two of only three hospitals on Long Island to receive an ‘A’ rating from Leapfrog.
“As our team at CHS has repeatedly demonstrated during this global pandemic, we are focused on delivering high-quality care that places patient safety first,” said CHS Executive Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer Patrick O’Shaughnessy, DO. “I’m extremely proud of the efforts by the staff at St. Francis, St. Charles and all across our system as we continue to provide excellent care to our patients who trust us during these challenging times.”
The Leapfrog Group, a national organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers, devised the letter-based rating system to rank hospitals nationwide. Hospitals are rated on how well they prevent 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 12 or eight percent received an ‘A.’ St. Francis has earned an ‘A’ 15 out of 17 times. St. Charles has earned an ‘A’ 8 times since the safety score’s debut in 2012.
“Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Every hospital can earn an ‘A’ grade, and we’re proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect patients from harm.”
To read more about the scores and see how hospitals were rated, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org