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New York struggles in hospital grade update: How do Finger Lakes hospitals score?

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A recent report from Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Leapfrog revealed mixed safety grades for New York hospitals, ranking the state’s healthcare system among the worst in the nation.

New York ranked 40th worst in the country, with only 17 hospitals, or roughly 11%, receiving the highest A safety grade. In comparison, top-performing states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, and Colorado had between 40% and 50% of their hospitals achieving A grades. The recent ranking indicated a slight decline from New York’s previous position at 39th worst in the country.

The Leapfrog report evaluated various critical health-related factors, including infectious-disease prevention measures, surgical errors, and healthcare-associated infections. It found a worrying increase in such infections amidst deteriorating patient experiences. Hospital trade groups have contested these rankings, arguing that the lack of uniform standards and varying data review timeframes do not accurately reflect the intricacies of healthcare delivery.

In the Finger Lakes region, the hospital grades were as follows: F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua, Geneva General Hospital, Highland Hospital in Rochester, Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, and UR Medicine Noyes Health in Dansville all received a C grade. Rochester General Hospital was given a D, Strong Memorial Hospital scored a C, and Unity Hospital in Rochester earned a B.