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.

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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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