Hospitals safety grades and Leapfrog group

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Hudson Valley hospitals got mixed grades in the latest safety report card, but New York overall ranked the 47th worst state for hospital safety.

Further, New York’s overall hospital safety grade on the nonprofit Leapfrog Group’s latest state rankings dropped from 40th worst in 2012.

Leapfrog is a watchdog organization that was started by employers and unions that wanted more public information about patient safety and quality, USA Today reported.

The grades factor in medical errors, infections and injuries, based in part on patient responses to surveys, data provided to federal agencies, the American Hospital Association and voluntarily to Leapfrog. (See Hudson Valley hospital grades below)

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Hospital trade groups have asserted that many hospital safety grades and rankings contain conflicting, confusing and misleading information.

But Leapfrog is one of the most prominent national watchdogs and is widely considered among the toughest graders, with 15 hospitals nationally getting a failing mark.

Nearly all of the “F” hospitals catered to low-income patients of color, including in Washington, D.C., Baltimore, New York City and Los Angeles, USA Today reported.

By contrast, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rates about 90 percent of hospitals “average.”

The latest Leapfrog report issued grades for 2,600 hospitals in the U.S., but that doesn’t represent all hospitals nationally. Some hospitals are excluded from safety ratings for a number of reasons, such as insufficient data reported during the select period.

Local grades

What follows are the grades for hospitals in the Hudson Valley:

Northern Dutchess Hospital in Rhinebeck: B

Northern Westchester Hospital in Mount Kisco: B

Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel: B

Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie: B

Columbia Memorial Health in Hudson: C

New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital in Bronxville: C

New York-Presbyterian Hudson Valley Hospital: C

Nyack Hospital: C

Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow: C

St. John’s Riverside Hospital in Dobbs Ferry: C

St. John’s Riverside hospitals in Yonkers: C

St. Joseph’s Medical Center of Yonkers: C

Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla: C

White Plains Hospital: C

HealthAlliance of the Hudson Valley in Kingston: D

Montefiore New Rochelle: D

For further details about the grades, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org

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