Author: Francis Kelley/Mon, Aug 12, 2013/Categories: Long Island Medial Malpractice

north-shore-university-hospital-kidney-transplant-malpracticeTwo hospitals on Long Island were placed on a “watch” list for patient safety in an updated progress report on the state’s hospitals.

According to a New York Newsday.com report, the two hospitals placed on Niagara Health Quality Coalition’s annual report card “Patient Safety Watch” are:

  • Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow
  • Plainview Hospital (North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System)

To get placed on the dubious “Patient Safety Watch” list in the New York State Hospital Report Card, a hospital had to score below the state average in 27 measures of death rates and patient safety. This can include complications that arise after a procedure or being admitted to the hospital, such as rates of infection. Patient satisfaction data was also factored into the scores for each hospital for the report card, Newsday.com reports.

Spokespersons for Nassau University Medical Center and for Plainview Hospital each defended their facilities against the report card designation. Across New York state, there were 17 hospitals placed on this “Patient Safety Watch” list. Conversely, seven hospitals on Long Island were rated as “America’s Safest” by  the Niagara Health Quality Coalition report card.

How Grades Are Calculated

Report card organizers note in accompanying statements that “the quality of care provided in a hospital comes from how well its doctors, nurses, support staff and management work together, as well as the technology and other resources available in the facility. If a major change occurs that impacts any of these – such as the departure of a key surgeon or the addition of new technology – the indicators may change dramatically and rapidly.”

We report continuously on the effects of medical malpractice, and the quality of hospital you choose could impact your risk of being a victim of malpractice. According to recent data we’ve collected, about 225,000 people die every year because of medical malpractice.

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