Joel Seligman, President & CEO of Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), is pleased to announce that the hospital has earned its fourth consecutive “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national patient safety watchdog, and is the only hospital in Westchester County to receive an “A” grade. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide of patient safety in the United States.
NWH is among 884 hospitals to receive an “A” grade, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States, adding to its list of accreditations and awards. 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, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.
“Northern Westchester Hospital is committed to providing patients the highest quality and safest care possible. I commend our entire staff, who are empowered to ensure our patients are safe when they are in our care,” said Marla Koroly, MD, Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs, at Northern Westchester Hospital. “We are proud of our approach to patient-centered care, caring for the whole patient, which enables us to continuously improve on all aspects of patient safety.”
“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.”
To see NWH’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 Northern Westchester Hospital
Northern Westchester Hospital (NWH), a proud member of Northwell Health (formerly North Shore-LIJ Health System), provides quality, patient-centered care that is close to home through a unique combination of medical expertise, leading-edge technology, and a commitment to humanity. Over 650 highly-skilled physicians, state-of-the-art technology and professional staff of caregivers are all in place to ensure that you and your family receive treatment in a caring, respectful and nurturing environment.
NWH has established extensive internal quality measurements that surpass the standards defined by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Hospital Quality Alliance (HQA) National Hospital Quality Measures. Our high quality standards help to ensure that the treatment you receive at NWH is among the best in the nation. For more information, please visit www.nwhc.net and connect with us on Facebook.
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. The Leapfrog 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.
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