FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 26, 2015
HHC Queens Hospital Center Earns ‘A’ Grade for Patient Safety
Recognized for low rates of preventable errors, injuries and infections
(Jamaica, New York – May 26, 2015) - Julius Wool, Executive Director of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC)’s Queens Hospital Center (QHC), announced today that the hospital has received a “Hospital Safety Score” of “A” from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit that rates thousands of U.S. hospitals annually for patient safety factors such as preventable error and hospital-acquired infections.
“HHC Queens Hospital Center’s ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog is a valuable tool for patients looking for a safe place to receive their care,” said Mr. Wool. “Our ‘A’ grade is a reflection of the patient-centered approach we take to caring for our community, and we continually strive to improve on our efforts.”
“Hospitals like Queens that earn an ‘A’ have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate QHC for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”
More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in April 2015, with about 31 percent receiving an ‘A’ grade. Grades are calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce scores representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.
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