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Hospital safety for New York improves; still low compared to rest of U.S.

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A watchdog group recently reported safety grades for New York State hospitals.

The state remains one of the worst nationally, but the healthcare systems showed some improvement.

According to The Evening Tribune, only 19 hospitals received the highest rating, which is an A. 33 received a D, but none received an F. The grades are from Leapfrog, a non-profit based out of Washington, D.C.

In all New York was rated the 39th worst state for healthcare in the U.S., tied with Alabama. In spring it was the 44th worst in the U.S.

Some of the reasons for such low ratings include limited state fines that put patients at risk, or failing to use best practices. Some hospital trade groups disputed many rankings but Leapfrog stands firm on their ratings saying the issues that impacted them were preventable.

Many of these preventable issues that brought ratings down were infections, mistakes like leaving sponges or tools inside of bodies, and collapsed lungs or other complications.

Finger Lakes hospital ratings

  • F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua: C
  • Geneva General Hospital: C
  • Highland Hospital in Rochester: D
  • Newark-Wayne Community Hospital: C
  • Rochester General Hospital: C
  • Strong Memorial Hospital: C
  • Unity Hospital in Rochester: C
  • UR Medicine Noyes Health in Dansville: D

Southern Tier hospital ratings

  • Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira: D
  • Aurelia Osborn Fox Memorial Hospital in Oneonta: A
  • Bon Secours Community Hospital in Port Jervis: B
  • Cayuga Medical Center in Ithaca: C
  • Guthrie Corning Hospital: A
  • Guthrie Cortland Medical Center: C
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital in Binghamton: C
  • UHS — Binghamton General Hospital: C
  • UHS Chenango Memorial Hospital in Norwich: C
  • UHS Wilson Medical Center in Johnson City: C
  • St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira: D