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New York hospitals show slight improvements in annual ratings: How do Finger Lakes hospitals perform?

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New York’s hospital system has seen a marginal improvement in safety ratings, moving up to 39th place nationally, according to the latest report from Leapfrog, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit. However, only 12% of New York hospitals achieved the highest safety grade of A. The report highlighted ongoing challenges in New York’s health system, which continues to spend significantly on health care while receiving subpar safety and quality rankings.


Out of the hospitals evaluated, 17 received an A grade, whereas 26 were rated with a D, and three hospitals received the lowest grade of F. This mixed bag of results underscores the variability in hospital safety across the state, with nearly half of the hospitals in the Rochester region receiving a D grade.

Here’s how they performed:

  • Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic: A
  • Geneva General Hospital: D
  • Highland Hospital in Rochester: D
  • Newark-Wayne Community Hospital: C
  • Rochester General Hospital: C
  • Strong Memorial Hospital: D
  • Unity Hospital in Rochester: C
  • UR Medicine Noyes Health in Dansville: C
  • UR Medicine Thompson Health (formerly F.F. Thompson Hospital) in Canandaigua: D

The data reviewed by Leapfrog included measures on infectious disease prevention and surgical errors, showing progress in reducing health care-associated infections and improving patient perceptions of care quality. Despite these gains, the overall low percentage of hospitals receiving an A grade reflects a significant gap compared to top-performing states where 50% to 60% of hospitals achieve this rating.