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New Report on Patient Safety Ranks GCMC Worst in Central New York

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A recent report that ranks patient safety in hospitals across the U.S. gave Guthrie Cortland Medical Center the lowest rating in all of Central New York.

Conducted by Leapfrog, the study grades healthcare institutions on their success with preventing errors, injuries, accidents and infections.

The Cortland hospital previously had a “C” grade, but was this year lowered it to a “D.”

Additionally, Cayuga Medical Center was one of two that saw their grades fall from a “B” to a “C.”

Most hospitals in Central New York got C’s.

Overall, only four states had worse performance numbers than New York, which had just 7.5% of its hospitals get A’s and 30 individual “D” grades.


Leapfrog is a nonprofit watchdog organization that analyzes more than 2,600 U.S. acute care hospitals and grades them twice a year.

Their scores are based on 28 measures like responsiveness of staff, infection rates and the frequency of foreign objects (like sponges or tools) are accidentally left in patients during surgery.

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