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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2016
Saratoga Hospital Earns “A” Grade for Patient Safety in Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade
SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY, December 5, 2016—Saratoga Hospital has once again earned an A for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, ranking among the safest hospitals in the U.S.
A national patient safety watchdog, the group recently released its Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide and provide the most complete picture of patient safety in the U.S.
For fall 2016, Saratoga Hospital was one of 844 hospitals nationwide—and just 15 in New York state—to receive the highest ranking of A. Saratoga Hospital also earned an A for the spring 2016 period.
“These excellent results reflect how we have embraced the most current evidenced-based practice guidelines and an organization-wide commitment to patient safety,” said Mary Jo Laposta, Saratoga Hospital senior vice president of patient care and organizational excellence and chief nursing officer. “Credit for these high rankings belongs to our staff, who dedicate themselves to providing the best possible care for every patient, every day.”
The hospital recently completed a $34 million expansion and renovation including a state-of-the-art intensive care unit and world-class Surgical Pavilion. Both incorporate the most advanced infection control equipment, supported by comprehensive reporting and other best practices.
“Protecting patients from harm is the most important charge for any hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We recognize and appreciate A hospitals’ vigilance and continued dedication to keeping their patients safe.”
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 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 and is peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
To see Saratoga Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
About The Leapfrog Group: Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. TheLeapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
About Saratoga Hospital: Saratoga Hospital is the Saratoga region’s leading healthcare provider. The only acute-care facility in Saratoga County, the hospital has a medical staff of more than 450 physicians and other credentialed providers, offering care in a broad range of medical specialties. In keeping with its emphasis on quality, Saratoga Hospital was the first in the Capital Region to earn Magnet Designation for nursing excellence. Hospital facilities include: Saratoga Hospital main campus, Mollie Wilmot Radiation Oncology Center, Saratoga Community Health Center, Saratoga Hospital Center for Breast Care, Saratoga Hospital Center for Sleep Disorders, Saratoga Surgery Center, Wilton Medical Arts, practice offices and services at the Saratoga Medical Park at Malta, six primary care offices and five regional therapy centers across Saratoga County. Saratoga Hospital Medical Group, the hospital’s multispecialty physician practice, includes physicians in the following specialties: cardiology, dentistry, endocrinology, ENT, family medicine, hematology/oncology, internal medicine, neonatology, nephrology, neurology, occupational medicine, oncology, pain management, palliative care, physiatry, podiatry, primary care, psychiatry, pulmonary medicine, sleep disorders, surgery, and urology. For more information: www.saratogahospital.org or www.facebook.com/SaratogaHospital.
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