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Leapfrog Group Awards NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens The Only “A” Grade in Queens for Patient Safety

Independent Nonprofit Focused on Quality of Care Awards Just Two A's Citywide

Nov 02, 2016

Jamaica, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens was one of only two hospitals in New York City to receive an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog. Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Scores assess hospitals nationwide using 30 evidence-based measures of hospital safety.

“Everyone at NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens plays a role in the quality of the care we provide our patients, and it is gratifying when the results of this hard work are recognized by others,” said Queens CEO Chris Roker. “This news is especially good for our patients who entrust us with their care. They can enter our doors knowing that we are one of the safest hospitals in the city, and country. And it is no fluke; we achieved an A in 2015 as well.”
The Leapfrog Group is the only independent ratings program that focuses solely on how effectively hospitals keep their patients safe.
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important task for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate ‘A’ hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
In New York City, only five hospitals received grades of A or B. All five hospitals are part of NYC Health + Hospitals. The public health system includes the highest-scoring hospitals in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Manhattan.
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D, and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. These grades are calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.
To see NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens’ full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.