Press Release

Three CHS Hospitals Earn an “A” From The Leapfrog Group

May 19th, 2015

Rockville Centre, NY – St. Francis Hospital, St. Charles Hospital and Mercy Medical Center, all members of Catholic Health Services (CHS), were awarded an “A”—the top grade for patient safety—in the spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, administered by The Leapfrog Group. Of the more than 2,500 hospitals across the nation assigned scores, only about 31% received an “A”, and these 3 CHS hospitals were among just 5 on Long Island to be ranked in the top tier.
“CHS focuses on delivering high-quality care and places patient safety first,” explained CHS’s Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer Patrick M. O’Shaughnessy, DO. “CHS has a robust performance improvement process and continually seeks new ways to deliver better care. This commitment to quality is what drives us to ensure that patients receive the care they need when and where they need it.”
This is the seventh consecutive “A” given to St. Francis Hospital, The Heart Center®, and the third in a row for St. Charles, and Mercy’s second A. The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D or F score, representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. The Leapfrog Group issues grades twice a year, in the spring and fall.
“Reports such as these are just some of the tools we use to constantly measure and improve, and we use data as information to help guide necessary changes,” added Dr. O’Shaughnessy.
For 2014–2015, St. Francis and St. Charles again earned a place among the Best Hospitals, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, with St. Francis the only one on Long Island to be top-rated nationally for cardiology and heart surgery. In 2014, St. Charles—for the fourth consecutive year—and Mercy (for the second year in a row) were named Top Performers on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission. Also, Mercy received the Risk Management and Patient Safety Best Practices Award for 2015 from Physicians’ Reciprocal Insurers.
CHS’s other hospitals are equally committed to patient safety and quality services. In scores released in December by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, not one CHS facility was cited for poor performance in the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program. Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center, also ranked among the Best Hospitals for 2014–2015 by U.S. News & World Report, recently earned the Outstanding Achievement Award from the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer for the fourth consecutive time, holding this recognition for 12 consecutive years. St. Joseph Hospital—the first Long Island hospital to be accredited and reaccredited by the Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society—and St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center both received the Get With The Guidelines® Gold Plus award for stroke care from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, and St. Catherine’s stroke program earned a perfect score in its biennial survey in December from The Joint Commission.
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Catholic Health Services (CHS) is an integrated system encompassing some of the region’s finest health and human services agencies. With 22,000 staff members, six acute care hospitals, three nursing homes, a home nursing service, hospice, a community-based agency for persons with special needs and a regional lab, CHS’s high standards have resulted in a 23% market share.