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Mather Receives Top Score for Patient Safety from National Group

November 29, 2012

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is one of five Long Island hospitals to earn the top patient safety score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. 

Mather received an “A” Hospital Safety Score in Leapfrog’s latest ranking of 157 New York State hospitals (see www.hospitalsafetyscore.org ). In New York State, 33 hospitals received the “A” rating. Mather also received an “A” in the first Hospital Safety Score rankings earlier this year. Leapfrog assigns scores of A, B, C, D or F to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

“I congratulate Mather’s physicians, board members, employees and volunteers whose efforts resulted in another positive ranking for patient safety at Mather Hospital,” said Mather President Kenneth Roberts. “Mather promotes a culture of safety for our patients and strives to foster transparency and communication.”

“Hospitals like this that earn an “A” have demonstrated their commitment to their patients and their community,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I congratulate Mather Hospital for its safety excellence, and look forward to the day when all hospitals will match this standard.”

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Lucian Leape (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco). 

The Leapfrog survey was the latest recognition of quality patient care at Mather. Earlier this year:

  • Mather was ranked 28th out of 241 hospitals in New York State by U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Hospitals issue. Mather was also recognized for three medical specialties: gastroenterology, geriatrics and orthopedics. In addition, the magazine noted that Mather Hospital “scored high in patient safety, demonstrating commitment to reducing accidents and medical mistakes.” 
  • U.S. News’ Top Doctors listed 20 of our physicians and our Transitional Care Unit was given a top 5-star rating in U.S. News’ annual Best Nursing Homes. 
  • Mather received the Get With The Guidelines®–Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award from the American Heart Association, which recognizes its commitment to quality and success in implementing a higher standard of care for stroke patients using nationally accepted clinical guidelines.
  • The Fortunato Breast Health Center received another three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC). This recognition is given only to centers that voluntarily commit to provide the highest level of quality breast care and that undergo a rigorous performance review. The Center is one of only four on Long Island to have earned this prestigious distinction.

The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of healthcare to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare for Americans.

John T. Mather Memorial Hospital is an accredited 248-bed, non-profit community hospital dedicated to providing a wide spectrum of high quality healthcare services to Suffolk County residents, showing compassion and respect and treating each patient in the manner we would wish for our loved ones.