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Two CHS Hospitals Score an “A” in the Leapfrog Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade

May 15th, 2019

Rockville Centre, NY – St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, and St. Charles Hospital, members of Catholic Health Services (CHS), received an “A”—the top grade in patient safety—in the latest Hospital Safety Grade, administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization. Of the more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals assigned grades for spring 2019, only 32 percent nationwide and only 7.53 percent of hospitals in New York achieved an “A.”

“CHS focuses on consistently delivering the highest quality care and employs high reliability concepts into all of its quality processes and plans,” said CHS Executive Vice President & Chief Clinical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO, MBA, FACEP, CHCQM. “This recognition is a tribute to the extraordinary level of commitment from the professionals who provide health services at CHS.”

St. Charles and St. Francis are among just three hospitals on Long Island to be awarded an “A” for the spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grade, with St. Francis now having earned an “A” 13 out of 15 times since the debut of the program. CHS’s Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center both earned a “B” this grading period. Every CHS hospital holds The Joint Commission Gold Seal of Approval® and the Get With The Guidelines® Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, among other honors and recognition.

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public. To learn more, please visit