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National Survey: 4 LI Hospitals Rated "A" for Safety

National Survey: 4 LI Hospitals Rated

Washington, D.C. - (WALK) Four Long Island hospitals earned "A" ratings in a national survey of medical quality and patient safety, but one scored a "D," according to the Washington, D.C.-based Leapfrog Group.

The non-profit group reviewed information about more than 2,600 hospitals throughout the United States, and evaluated each on 28 points and assigned overall grades from "A" to "F" for their realative success in preventing injuries, addressing infections, and limiting errors.  The survey findings were issued Wednesday.

Earning "A's" in this report are John T. Mather Memorial Hospital in Port Jefferson, St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center in Smithtown, Winthrop-University Memorial Hospital in Mineola, and St. Francis Hospital in Flower Hill.  Eastern Long Island Hospital in Greenport took home a "D," according to the Leapfrog Group.   17 Long Island Hospitals also earned passing grades; Four "B's" and 13 "C's."

An administrator at 90-bed ELI in Greenport said the poor grade was awarded for lack of elaborate procedures found at larger hospitals, according to published accounts.  He suggested a more fair and accurate appraisal of ELI is available at the federal website: Medicare.gov.

New York State hospitals ranked 33 among the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, according to the Leapfrog Group survey.  For full rankings visit: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org

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