Thursday, 16 November 2017 17:15

Hospital Aces Patient Safety Survey

SARATOGA SPRINGS – Saratoga Hospital is one of just seven hospitals in New York—and the only facility in the Capital Region—to receive an “A” for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group. It is the hospital’s fourth top rating in a row.

The Leapfrog Group, a national ratings organization, assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. The grades are assigned twice each year.

For fall 2017, Saratoga Hospital is one of 832 nationwide awarded an “A” for keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the United States.

Mary Jo LaPosta, senior vice president of patient care and organizational excellence and chief nursing officer at Saratoga Hospital, attributes the hospital’s consistent, strong performance to an organization-wide commitment to patient care and safety.

The hospital made a significant investment in patient safety as part of a recent $34 million renovation and expansion, including 10 state-of-the-art operating suites and a new intensive care unit equipped with the latest infection control technology. The hospital also recently installed “smart” IV pumps in all facilities as added protection against medication errors.

Both the pumps and the major renovation were made possible with strong fundraising support from the community. According to Angelo Calbone, Saratoga Hospital president and CEO, that support is an important factor in the hospital’s success.

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