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New hospital safety grades are in: Northern Dutchess gets an ‘A’

Posted: 11/7/2019

When it comes to patient safety, Northern Dutchess Hospital recently earned an ‘A’ grade from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit focused on improving healthcare quality, safety and transparency.

Based in Washington, D.C., Leapfrog provides Hospital Safety Grades for more than 2,500 general hospitals, with the goal to help consumers make smarter choices in their personal healthcare. The annual survey released today assesses hospitals for steps to avoid harm, medication safety, preventable infections, surgical volumes, maternity outcomes and more.

Northern Dutchess Hospital was assigned an ‘A’ grade out of A, B, C, D and F. These are based on hospitals’ ability to prevent errors, injuries, infections and other harm to patients.

“Every patient deserves a safe environment of care, which is why our medical staff, nurses and associates are dedicated to best practices for excellent safety outcomes,” said Denise George, president of Northern Dutchess Hospital.

Some examples of patient safety practices implemented at the hospital include single-occupancy patient rooms, 24/7 access to board-certified critical care physicians in the intensive care unit, a daily morning safety meeting, multiple steps medication verification and hand hygiene campaigns./p>

“ ‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors – and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this A.”

Leapfrog’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public at hospitalsafetygrade.org. For more about Northern Dutchess Hospital, visit www.healthquest.org/ndh or call 845-876-3001 (TTY 1-800-421-1220).

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