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Two CHS Hospitals Earn an “A” From The Leapfrog Group

November 12th, 2018

Only Three Awarded on Long Island

Rockville Centre, NY – St. Francis Hospital and St. Charles Hospital, members of Catholic Health Services (CHS), were awarded an “A”—the top grade for patient safety—in the fall 2018 Hospital Safety Grade, administered by The Leapfrog Group. Of the more than 2,600 hospitals across the nation assigned scores, only about 33% received an “A”, and these 2 CHS hospitals were among just 3 on Long Island to be ranked in the top tier.

“CHS focuses on delivering high-quality care and places patient safety first,” explained CHS’s Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO, MBA, FACEP. “CHS has a robust performance improvement process and continually seeks new ways to deliver better care. This commitment to quality is what drives us to ensure that patients receive the care they need when and where they need it.”

This is the twelfth “A” given to St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, and the fifth for St. Charles. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center both earned a “B”. The Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Leapfrog Group issues grades twice a year, in the spring and fall. More details can be found at

“Reports such as these are just some of the tools we use to constantly measure and improve, and we use data as information to help guide necessary changes,” added Dr. O’Shaughnessy.

St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, New York’s only specialty designated cardiac center, has once again been ranked the best hospital on Long Island, #5 in New York State and #6 in the New York metro area by U.S. News & World Report (2018–19). Also, St. Francis is among just 7% of U.S. hospitals to hold Magnet® designation and has earned six AMSN PRISM Awards and six AACN Beacon Awards for Excellence. Good Samaritan received its fifth consecutive Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) and is verified as the first Level II Adult and Pediatric Trauma Center on Long Island’s south shore, as well. In 2018, St. Joseph—for the second consecutive year—and Good Samaritan were presented with the HANYS Pinnacle Award for Quality & Patient Safety. Highly accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), St. Charles earned a place on the AHA’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll and the 2018 Women’s Choice Award for orthopedics, obstetrics, bariatrics and patient safety. Mercy holds the ANCC Pathway to Excellence® designation, in addition to Three-Year Accreditation with Gold-Level Commendation and its third consecutive Outstanding Achievement Award from the ACS CoC. St. Catherine received AHA’s Target: StrokeSM Honor Roll Elite recognition and the 2018 CHS Pinnacle Award in the acute care category.

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