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North Central Bronx is the Only Hospital in the Borough to Receive Patient Safety Excellence Award

Hospital earns spot in the top 10 percent nationally for patient safety

May 12, 2017

Bronx, NY

NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx has been awarded the 2017 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades, a leading online resource for information about physicians and hospitals. NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx is the only hospital in the Bronx, and one of two hospitals in New York City, to earn this distinction.

“The primary goal of the NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx health care team is to provide safe, high-quality care to our patients,” said Maureen Pode, Chief Executive Officer, NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. “Receiving this award is important third-party affirmation that the care our staff provides to our patients on a daily basis is nothing short of excellent.”

The Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award recognizes hospitals’ performance in safeguarding patients from serious, potentially preventable complications during their hospital stay. Award recipients were determined by evaluating the occurrence of observed incidents and expected performance for 13 Patient Safety Indicators as defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. The indicators used are measures for determining how well a hospital prevents injuries, infections, and other serious conditions. According to Healthgrades data, 134,568 patient safety events could potentially be avoided if all hospitals performed similar to those recognized in this category.

The Healthgrades award is just the latest earned by NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx. Other national organizations recognizing the hospital’s excellence include the Leapfrog Group, which awarded it the highest rating in the Bronx for hospital safety, based on 30 evidence-based measures; Baby-Friendly USA, an initiative of the World Health Organization and UNICEF, which recognizes hospitals that encourage and promote breast feeding and mother-baby bonding; and most recently, the Human Rights Campaign, which recognized the hospital as a “Leader in LGBTQ Health Care Equality.”