Queens Hospital is the only facility in the borough to receive an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization committed to quality, safety and transparency in the U.S. healthcare system.
Neil Moore, CEO of NYC Health + Hospitals/Queens, said that he is “immensely proud” that the hospital has again achieved an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group for the fall, as they did in the spring.
“Everyone at Queens plays an important role in the quality of care we provide our patients, and it is gratifying when the results of this hard work are recognized by others,” Moore said. “This news is especially positive for our patients, who entrust us with their care. They can enter our doors knowing that we are one of the safest hospitals in our city and state.”
The Leapfrog Group assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D” or “F” grade to general hospitals across the country based on over 30 national performance measures reflecting errors, accidents, injuries and infections as well as systems that hospitals have in place to prevent harm.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating program based exclusively on hospital prevention of medical errors and harm to patients. The grading system is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public. Grades are updated twice annually, in the fall and spring.
“Never in history have we seen across-the-board improvement in patient safety until this last decade, coinciding with the history of the Hospital Safety Grade,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We salute hospitals for this milestone and encourage them to accelerate their hard work saving patient lives. For a long time, the healthcare community tried to improve safety, but progress stalled. The big difference over this decade is that for the first time, we publicly reported each hospital’s record on patient safety, and that galvanized the kind of change we all hoped for. It’s not enough change, but we are on the right track.”