Auburn Community Hospital Receives High Marks for Patient Safety ACH is 1 of 16 Hospitals in New York State to earn a Grade of “B”

Matt Chadderdon
Thursday, May 12, 2022

Auburn Community Hospital Receives High Marks for Patient Safety ACH is 1 of 16 Hospitals in New York State to earn a Grade of “B”  – Every year, hospitals across the country demonstrate their commitment to transparency and quality improvement through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. Founded in 2000, the Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information, they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative; assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

The Leapfrog Group has assigned letter grades to hospitals based on their patient safety performance twice annually since spring 2012. The latest ratings reflect care during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the most recent survey Auburn Community Hospital’s earned a B rating. Only 16 hospitals in New York State received a “B” grade. “We are extremely proud of our Patient Safety grade of “B”. Patient safety and quality of care metrics are the foundation for an excellent patient experience. The Leapfrog Group said its research showed the pandemic reversed years of progress in patient safety. I am extremely proud of all our employees who worked so hard to make sure the quality of care at ACH did not slip during this challenging time,” stated Scott Berlucchi, President & CEO, Auburn Community Hospital.

This Safety Grade is a composite score made up of 28 different, nationally –reported patient safety measures that indicate how well hospitals protect patients from preventable injuries and infections. This grade is a key indicator of the hard work all of our employees do every day to make sure our patients get the best treatment and have an excellent patient experience while they are in our hospital,” stated Berlucchi.

Auburn Community Hospital is the largest employer in Cayuga County, with a workforce of over 1,100 employees. The Hospital has a combined medical staff of more than 200 healthcare professionals and multiple primary care sites. Today, ACH is a Health Care Delivery System that includes the Hospital, an 80-bed Five Star Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Center, 3 Urgent Care Centers, as well as Primary Care and Specialty Care Services.