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White Plains Hospital Again Earns “A” in Patient Safety From Healthcare Watchdog Group

November 25, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY – White Plains Hospital has once again earned an “A” from healthcare watchdog the Leapfrog Group in its Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grades. The Hospital remains the only hospital in Westchester County to earn the top rating, having received an “A” rating in the spring as well.

The Leapfrog grade scores hospitals on how well they protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections – all of which increases a patient’s chance of dying. Researchers assessed more than 2,600 hospitals nationwide and only 33 percent were awarded with an “A” rating. White Plains Hospital’s work on decreasing infections and hospital acquired conditions, such as MRSA, clostridium difficile (or c. diff) and infections of the blood, as well as its measures taken to prevent errors, reduce falls and improve the patient experience, is reflected in the rating.

The Leapfrog Group recently contracted with the Johns Hopkins Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality to update its estimate of deaths due to errors, accidents, injuries and infections. The study found that when compared to “A” hospitals, a patient’s chance of dying increases nearly 25 percent at B hospitals, 88 percent at C hospitals, and nearly 92 percent at D and F Hospitals. Overall, an estimated 160,000 lives are lost every year from avoidable medical errors that are accounted for in the Leapfrog grade.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in the US healthcare system. It is the nation’s premier advocate of hospital transparency – collecting, analyzing and disseminating hospital data to inform value based purchasing.

About White Plains Hospital 

White Plains Hospital is a proud member of the Montefiore Health System, serving as its tertiary hub of advanced care in the Hudson Valley. The Hospital is a 292-bed not-for-profit health care organization with the primary mission of providing exceptional acute and preventive medical care to all people who live in, work in or visit Westchester County and its surrounding areas. Centers of Excellence include the Center for Cancer Care,The William & Sylvia Silberstein Neonatal & Maternity Center and The Ruth and Jerome A. Siegel Stroke Center. The Hospital’s Flanzer Emergency Department is the busiest in Westchester County, with more than 60,000 patient visits a year. White Plains Hospital performs lifesaving emergency and elective angioplasty in its Joan and Alan Herfort, MD, Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory and Marie Promuto Cardiac Catheterization Laboratory. White Plains Hospital has outpatient medical facilities across Westchester, including multispecialty practices in Armonk, New Rochelle, Somers and Yorktown Heights; and Scarsdale Medical Group locations in Harrison and Scarsdale. The Hospital is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and earned its recognition as a Top Performer for Key Quality Measures® in 2015 and 2013. The Hospital received Magnet® designation in 2012 and 2016 from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). In 2014, 2016 and 2018, and 2019, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® and in 2019, was the only Hospital in Westchester to be named Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.