Huntington Hospital Achieves Top Patient Safety Rating

Five Northwell hospitals on Long Island, including Huntington, have earned an “A” rating for patient safety, Northwell said Wednesday.

The national distinction recognizes a health system’s commitment to patient safety and
achievements in promoting best outcomes.

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization, assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,”
and “F” grade to nearly 3,000 hospitals nationwide, based on 22 evidence-based patient safety performance measures. The organization issues a report each spring and fall.

Besides Huntington, the Northwell Long Island hospitals to win the same rating were: Glen Cove Hospital, Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and Syosset Hospital all achieved the A rating.

“The current Leapfrog report shows that Northwell hospitals across the region are
committed to providing the best quality care, the safest care and the best outcomes to our patients at both our community and tertiary care hospitals,” said Peter Silver, MD, senior vice president; associate chief medical officer and chief quality officer at Northwell Health. “The hard work and dedication to patient safety is demonstrated by all 80,000 of our employees, with direct or indirect patient contact, from the time a patient is admitted to a hospital to discharge.”

Silver said the Leapfrog survey reviews key quality and patient safety measures
including staffing and skill level of nurses and doctors, hospital acquired conditions, such as blood or urine infections, safety and outcomes of surgery, medication safety, hand washing, maternity care, and health equity. Patient experience scores also are factored in the analysis, which are based on patient satisfaction surveys administered by Press Ganey Associates, one of the health industry’s most widely used organizations to measure patient experience.

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