A quartet of hospitals in New York City received failing grades in a new report card measuring infections and other safety measures.
Elmhurst Hospital and St. John’s Episcopal Hospital in Queens and Maimonides and Interfaith hospitals in Brooklyn all were given Fs for issues ranging from dangerous objects left in the body after surgery to wounds splitting open, bed sores and falls, according to the report by the non-profit Leapfrog Group.
Brooklyn Hospital Center and Metropolitan Hospital in Manhattan received A grades. Overall, New York ranked 46th nationwide for the percentage of hospitals receiving the top grade.
“We take all hospital report cards seriously, but Leapfrog’s flawed methodology doesn’t come close to capturing the breadth and scope of New York hospitals’ activities to deliver safe, high-quality patient care,” Brian Conway, a spokesman for the Greater New York Hospital Association, a trade group, told the New York Post.
A St. John’s spokeswoman told the paper that other surveys of the hospital showed “above average reporting” and Interfaith maintained that Leapfrog had used old data for some of its scoring.
“Anytime an area of concern is reported, we have already identified it and implemented programs to improve performance wherever needed,” according to a Maimonides spokeswoman.
Dr. Eric Wei, vice president and chief quality officer for NYC Health + Hospitals, which runs both Metropolitan and Elmhurst hospitals, told the Post his company was looking for opportunities to replicate Metropolitan’s success throughout its system.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a public service provided by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is becoming the gold standard measure of patient safety, cited in MSNBC, The New York Times, and AARP The Magazine.
Nationally, The Leapfrog Group found that neither party can claim victory in addressing preventable errors and infections in hospitals, which studies say kill more than 500 people every day in the United States.
The fall 2018 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assessed more than 2,600 hospitals across the country and found that serious harm or death from medical errors are problematic across blue and red states.
All told, 33 percent of hospitals in traditionally blue states and 32 percent of hospitals in traditionally red states received “A’s.”
The five states with the highest percentage of “A” hospitals this fall are New Jersey (blue), Oregon (blue), Virginia (blue), Massachusetts (blue), and Texas (red).
Red states with the highest percentage of “A” hospitals are Texas (43 percent), North Carolina (43 percent) and Ohio (42 percent). The five states with the lowest percentage of “A” hospitals are Connecticut (blue), Nebraska (red), Washington, D.C. (blue), Delaware (blue) and North Dakota (red).