2012-07-12 / Front Page

PHC Tops in the Region When it Comes to Patient Safety

By Eric Gross

When it comes to patient safety no one does it better in the region than Putnam Hospital Center!

Consumer Reports this week released its annual hospital national ranking of patient safety. 1,159 hospitals in 44 states were ranked in six categories: Infections, readmissions, overuse of scanning, communication about medications, discharge complications and mortality and PHC earned a score of 55—one of the highest in all of New York State and the top in the entire Hudson Valley-Westchester region.

Dr. John Santa, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center, explained that the safety scores provided a “window into America’s hospitals by exposing worrisome risks that are mostly preventable. A consumer who enters a hospital thinking it is a place to get better deserves to know that this is the case.”

Dr. Santa said the study was based on data collected by a variety of agencies including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and the federal Agency for Health Quality Research.

During a visit to Putnam Hospital Center on Thursday afternoon, President Maureen Zipparo called safety an “ongoing focus to provide patients with the highest level of care with a concentration on service, quality and patient safety.”

Zipparo said many safety protocols are in place: “Ongoing safety rounds occur daily based on a number of safety initiatives including a fall prevention program, medication reconciliation, focus on discharge instructions as well as a hand washing focal point that reduces infections.”

Zipparo commended the hospital’s entire staff for creating a “culture of safety.”

Other area hospitals did not rank as well. Hudson Valley Hospital Center in Cortlandt earned a score of 47 while Northern Westchester Hospital Center in Mt. Kisco attained a score of 45.

White Plains Hospital and Phelps Memorial Hospital in Sleepy Hollow each scored 43.



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