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New York hospitals struggle in 2023 ratings: Several local hospitals score low

In 2023, New York hospitals faced a challenging year in terms of safety and quality ratings, with only a small fraction achieving top marks in federal and independent evaluations.

According to the latest data, only 11 of New York’s hospitals, roughly 8% of the state’s eligible facilities, received a 5-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This figure falls short of the national average, where about 15% of hospitals attained the top score.

Furthermore, only 16 hospitals across the state, representing about 11%, were awarded the highest A safety grade by Leapfrog, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, placing New York 42nd in the country in terms of safety.

The variability in these ratings reflects the diverse criteria used by different rating systems, underscoring the importance for patients to consider multiple sources when evaluating hospital performance. These systems assess a range of critical health care aspects, including mortality, safety of care, readmission rates, patient experience, and the timeliness and effectiveness of care.

Here’s how hospitals in the region scored:

  • F.F. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua: 2 stars (D)
  • Cayuga Medical Center at Ithaca: 4 stars (C)
  • Geneva General Hospital: 1 stars (C)
  • Highland Hospital: 2 stars (C)
  • Newark-Wayne Community Hospital: 3 stars (C)
  • Rochester General Hospital: 1 stars (C)
  • Strong Memorial Hospital: 2 stars (C)
  • Guthrie Cortland Regional Medical Center: 3 stars (C)
  • Guthrie Corning Hospital: 3 stars (B)
  • Unity Hospital in Rochester: 2 stars (B)
  • Wyoming County Community Hospital: 2 stars (no letter grade)
  • UR Medicine Noyes Health in Dansville: (C)