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

May 17, 2019

WHITE PLAINS, NY (May 17, 2019) – ​White Plains Hospital has earned an “A” from the healthcare watchdog the Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2019 Hospital Safety Grades. The Hospital was the only hospital in Westchester County to earn the top rating.

The Hospital’s work on decreasing infections and hospital acquired conditions and complications, such as clostridium difficile (or c. diff) and ventilator-associated pneumonia, as well as reduced falls and injuries coupled with consistent improvement in patient experience, is reflected in the rating. Also this month, for the fourth time, White Plains Hospital received an Outstanding Patient Experience Award in 2019 from Healthgrades, based on a survey of patient experiences in the Hospital.

“We are proud to be consistently recognized for best practices and exceptional care,” said White Plains Hospital President and CEO Susan Fox. “Our patients trust us to keep them safe and well. Clearly we deliver, and everyone is recognizing that.”

The Leapfrog grade scores hospitals on how well they protect patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections – all of which increases your chance of dying. Researchers assessed more than 2,600 hospitals receiving Hospital Safety Grades and found that when compared to “A” hospitals, “patients at B hospitals face a 35 percent greater risk of death, and C hospitals on average face an 88 percent greater risk of avoidable death. ”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 and New Rochelle; 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®.