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Cortland Regional Medical Center Responds to Critical Report

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Representatives with the Cortland Regional Medical Center say a recent report that gave the hospital a failing grade for patient safety is inaccurate and does not represent changes and improvements that have occurred over the past year and a half.

On Monday, the Leapfrog Group released a report on hospital safety. The review looked at 2,523 hospitals across the country. 20 hospitals received failing grades, and Cortland was one of them.

Roger Scott, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Medical Affairs for Cortland Regional says, the report came as a surprise to hospital leadership because the organization has worked to improve quality and safety at the facility. The data used in the report dates back to 2010.

The report looked at 28 different quality measures, but because Cortland Regional is a smaller hospital it was only measured in 23 of those categories, the lack of cases or data hurt the hospital’s grade in the report.

Scott says the report is misleading because the hospital has decreased hospital-acquired infection rates while improving safety in other areas.

Scott says the community should feel confident in the hospital which continues to improve and expand patient services.

The hospital recently hired a pulmonary intensive care specialist, more primary care physicians, an in-house ophthalmologist and staff nephrologist. Next month Cortland Regional will open a new wound care center.

Read the hospital’s press release here

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