Eastern Long Island Hospital (ELIH) earns the nation’s top distinction for patient safety with an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group, a national, independent watchdog group that sets the highest standards for patient safety in the United States.
The newly released Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Eastern Long Island Hospital was one of 823 hospitals nationally to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients. ELIH is the only hospital in Suffolk County to receive an “A”.
“The “A” recognizes the highest standards in patient safety,” states Paul J. Connor III, President and CEO. “This honor belongs to every one of our team members, who work every day for our patients.”
“Providing safe patient care requires constant dedication,” states D. Patricia Pispisa, Senior Vice President, Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer. “Through best practices and continuous monitoring, ELIH hits the mark when it comes to patient safety. Putting processes into place to create a ‘culture of safety’ remains a central focus in the delivery of care here,” she adds.
“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”
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. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit founded by employers and healthcare providers ranked 21 Long Island hospitals as part of its spring 2017 safety grades. These hospitals were given a letter grade from A through F based on several factors. Of the 21 Long Island hospitals that were graded, two received an A.
To come up with the grades, Leapfrog looks at medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The goal is to determine what a patient's risk of further injury or infection is if they visit a certain hospital.
According to the organization, more than 1,000 Americans die each day from preventable hospital errors.
Hospitals given a B rating by Leapfrog had a 9 percent higher risk of avoidable death than A hospitals. That number jumps to 35 percent in C hospitals and 50 percent higher in D and F hospitals.
New York was ranked 43rd in the nation, which is an improvement from spring and fall 2016 rankings.
Overall, 139 New York hospitals were graded and only 14, or 10 percent, received an A rating.
The top-ranked state was Maine, while Hawaii, Oregon, Wisconsin and Idaho rounded out the top five.
To see Eastern Long Island Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org.