Two Albany Med Health System facilities—Saratoga Hospital and Glens Falls Hospital—have earned high grades for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group for fall 2022.
The two hospitals lead the Capital Region, with grades of A for Saratoga Hospital and B for Glens Falls Hospital. These high marks place both hospitals in the top 25 percent of New York state facilities for this report.
The Leapfrog Group is a nonprofit watchdog organization that serves as a voice for health care consumers and purchasers, using their collective influence to foster positive change in U.S. health care.
“Our Leapfrog score reflects our culture of safety and 24/7 commitment to protecting patients from preventable harm and errors,” Saratoga Hospital President and CEO Jill J. VanKuren said. “The A grade is a tribute to our team and a source of assurance to our patients, who can be confident they’re receiving care at one of New York’s safest hospitals.”
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns letter grades twice a year to nearly 3,000 U.S. general hospitals based on over 30 measures of patient safety. Thirty percent of U.S. hospitals earned the highest rating of A. Twenty-eight percent earned a B.
VanKuren and Glens Falls Hospital President and CEO Paul Scimeca view the Leapfrog results as an opportunity to share best practices for patient safety throughout the Albany Med Health System.
“Quality improvement across the System occurs through collaboration. As we continue to work together, we are seeing many benefits,” Scimeca said. “The Albany Med Health System will continually evolve and improve in the future, and we look forward to working even more closely with Albany Medical Center, Columbia Memorial Health, and Saratoga Hospital.”
VanKuren emphasized the System hospitals’ shared commitment to excellent patient care and continuous quality improvement.
“Patient safety is a top priority for the entire System,” she said. “Our goal, through collaboration and sharing of best practices, is for all our hospitals to achieve the highest grade.”
Comprised of Albany Medical Center, Albany Medical College, Columbia Memorial Health, Glens Falls Hospital, Saratoga Hospital, and the Visiting Nurses, the Albany Med Health System is the largest locally governed, nonprofit health system serving northeastern New York and western New England. The system is the region’s largest private employer, and each member institution carries a century-long tradition caring for our communities.
The Albany Med Health System has 1,520 hospital beds, more than 800 physicians, 125 outpatient locations, a children’s hospital, and research enterprise serving the three million people of our region.