White Plains Hospital Receives Highest Patient Safety Grade for 5th Time in a Row
WHITE PLAINS, NY – White Plains Hospital has once again earned an “A” from healthcare watchdog The Leapfrog Group in its Spring 2021 Hospital Safety Grades. This marks the 5th consecutive time White Plains Hospital has received this designation for its achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. White Plains Hospital remains the only healthcare facility in Westchester County to receive the highest possible rating.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but White Plains Hospital shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
“Patient safety is always our top priority and it is gratifying when the hard work and efforts or our staff are recognized on a national level,” said Dr. Rafael E. Torres, Chief Quality Officer at White Plains Hospital. “It is an honor to be consistently recognized by the Leapfrog Group as a top hospital in the region and is a testament to our commitment to providing the highest quality of care to our community.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is the only hospital rating focused exclusively on hospital safety. Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Safety Grade uses as many as 27 measures of hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice a year. White Plains Hospital is one of 906 hospitals in the U.S., and one of only 16 hospitals in New York, to earn an “A” rating.
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American healthcare. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
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 64,000 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). The Hospital earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Rectal Cancer (NAPRC), one of 16 hospitals in the nation, and the Hospital’s Bariatric Surgical Center is accredited as a Comprehensive Center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP). White Plains Hospital has also received full accreditation for its breast cancer program from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) recognized White Plains Hospital as a top 10% performing hospital for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2019. In 2020, White Plains Hospital received the Outstanding Patient Experience Award from Healthgrades® for the fifth time and, was once again named Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report.