Hos­pi­tal rec­og­nized for safety ef­forts

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By The Dispatch Staff news­room@onei­dadis­patch.com @Onei­daDis­patch on Twit­ter

ONEIDA, N.Y. » For a third con­sec­u­tive time, Oneida Health­care’s Hos­pi­tal re­ceived an “A” from The Leapfrog Group for its com­mit­ment to keep­ing patients safe and­meet­ing the high­est safety stan­dards in the U.S.

They rep­re­sent the only area hos­pi­tal to re­ceive an “A” for pa­tient safety through­out Onondaga, Madi­son, Oneida, Oswego, Cayuga, and Herkimer Coun­ties.

“Our com­mit­ment to ex­cep­tional care, al­ways, con­tin­ues to be ev­i­dent with yet an­other out­stand­ing re­sult that rec­og­nizes our staff’s con­tin­ued fo­cus on pa­tient care,” said GeneMor­reale, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Oneida Health­care. “Earn-

ing a third con­sec­u­tive “A” grade for hos­pi­tal safety is an im­pres­sive achieve­ment and a reflection of the ex­cep­tional out­comes our pa- tients are re­ceiv­ing ev­ery day fromOHCmed­i­cal staff mem­bers and em­ploy­ees.”

Oneida Health­care rep­re­sents just one of only 1 of 7 hos­pi­tals to re­ceive an “A” through­out the state of New York.

The Leapfrog Group, a na­tional non­profit health care rat­ings or­ga­ni­za­tion, as­signs let­ter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hos­pi­tals na­tion­wide based on their per­for­mance in pre­vent­ing medical er­rors, in­fec­tions and other harms.

“It takes con­sis­tent, un­wa­ver­ing dedication to patients to achieve the high­est stan­dards of pa­tient safety. An ‘A’ Safety Grade rec­og­nizes hos­pi­tals for this ac­com­plish­ment,” said Leah Bin­der, pres­i­dent and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We con­grat­u­late the clin­i­cians, Board, man­age­ment and staff of Oneida Health­care for show­ing the coun­try what it means to put pa­tient safety first.”

De­vel­oped un­der the guid­ance of a Blue Rib­bon Na­tional Ex­pert Panel, the Leapfrog Hos­pi­tal Safety Grade uses 27 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.

To com­pare lo­cal hos­pi­tal safety grades, visit hos­pi­tal­safe­ty­grade.org.

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