Local Hospitals Get Low Scores for Patient Safety

May 8, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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May 8, 2013 Updated May 8, 2013 at 7:32 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) A report issued by the national non-profit Leapfrog Group in Washington has given low scores to several local hospitals when it comes to patient safety.

"I think people should take precautions when they are admitted to one of these hospitals," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of the Leapfrog Group.

The most recent report looks at 2500 general hospitals across the United States.

A panel of eight medical experts reviewed 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to determine the bi-annual Hospital Safety Score that ranges from 'A' to 'F.'

Leapfrog compiles data from several sources including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The report looks to see how well patients are protected from infection, injuries, medical and medication errors.

No local hospital received an 'A' score.

Kenmore Mercy Hospital was the only one with a 'B.'

The following Hospitals received a 'C' rating:

-Brooks Memorial (Dunkirk)
-Mercy Hospital of Buffalo
-Sisters of Charity Hospital
-Erie County Medical Center
-Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center

The following Hospitals received a 'D' rating:

-Buffalo General Hospital
-DeGraff Memorial Hospital
-Millard Fillmore Gates Hospital (Now closed)
-Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
-Medina Memorial Hospital
-United Medical Center (Batavia)

Kaleida Health, which currently operates three of the hospitals that received a 'D' score, issued the following statement regarding the rankings:

"Kaleida Health, like other New York State hospitals, does not participate in the Leapfrog database. So, our quality of care is not accurately reflected in this report. For example, our services and hospitals win national quality awards every year. While we recognize that we have had challenges in the past, we continue to improve our clinical outcomes. Kaleida Health is the area's provider of choice when it comes to numerous services, including cardiac care, stroke, vascular, pediatrics, orthopedics and more. And we believe the move to transparency and growing availability of public data will contribute to improving quality of care for the patients we serve and assist the transformation of the health care delivery system that is already underway." - (Statement from Michael P. Hughes, vice president of Kaleida Health)

Dr. Brian D'Arcy, senior vice-president of medical affairs at Catholic Health System, said the report was helpful in creating transparency regarding health care.

"It helps us to gauge where we should focus to make improvements to make care safe for people to get optimum clinical outcomes at all times," commented Dr. D'Arcy.

This week Catholic Health will be unveiling a new website, www.knowyourhealthcare.org, that will allow people to get more information about patient care in local hospitals.