May. 9, 2023 By Carlotta Mohamed
Long Island Jewish (LIJ) Forest Hills Hospital is one of eight Northwell Health hospitals that earned a top ‘A’ rating for its patient safety, according to a report released by the Leapfrog Group for spring 2023.
This is the first time the community hospital, located at 102-01 66th Rd., has achieved top recognition.
“At LIJ Forest Hills, health care is a team effort. From environmental services to patient transporters to nurses and physicians, every member of our team contributes to the quality and safety of our patient care,” said Lorraine Chambers Lewis, PA-C, executive director of the hospital. “This rating by Leapfrog recognizes our hospital’s teamwork in providing our patients and their families with the highest possible level of care.”
The national distinction recognizes a health system’s commitment to patient safety and achievements in promoting best outcomes.
The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization, assigns an A, B, C, D or F grade to nearly 3,000 acute-care hospitals nationwide, which is based on 30 evidence-based patient safety performance measures. The organization issues the report twice annually.
The Leapfrog survey reviews key patient safety measures including hospital-acquired infections, medication safety, hand washing, maternity care and surgical safety. Certain patient experience scores also are factored in the analysis, which are based on patient satisfaction surveys administered by Press Ganey Associates.
“We are extremely proud of the accomplishments of all our hospitals and our 83,000 team members who go above and beyond every day to improve care for our patients who entrust us with their care,” said Peter Silver, MD, senior vice president, associate chief medical officer and chief quality officer at Northwell Health. “Northwell has a culture for continuous improvement and you feel that when you walk into our buildings.”
For more information about Leapfrog Group, visit: HospitalSafetyGrade.org