OLEAN — A national patient advocacy group has given Olean General Hospital a middle-of-the-road ranking for patient safety when compared to more than 2,000 other hospitals across the country.
This week, The Leapfrog Group gave Olean General an overall “C” grade, down one grade from last year. Sister hospital Bradford Regional Medical Center also received a “C” grade.
But officials at the Upper Allegheny Health System (UAHS), of which Olean General and Bradford Regional are members, dispute the ranking, saying it is not an entirely accurate assessment of both healthcare facilities.
“The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Scorecard is one of several third-party quality surveys that measure quality care,” said Dennis McCarthy, UAHS’ vice president of marketing and communications. “While this particular survey has some merit, it is important to note not all hospitals volunteered to participate. In addition, there have been concerns about the reliability of the information including its reliance on data gathered and sources other than the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is the most reliable, accurate and consistent source for patient data.”
The Leapfrog Group is a Washington, D.C.-based not-for-profit patient safety entity which evaluates hospitals on a host of criteria, including those for infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors that frequently cause harm or death during a hospital stay. Data collected for the ranking is based on that from CMS, as well as information from a voluntary survey by the American Hospital Association.
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