NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A sobering new report has labeled Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx as the worst in the country for patient safety.
According to Consumer Reports, 30 of the over 50 lowest-rated hospitals in the country are in the New York City metropolitan area.
Forest Hills Hospital in Queens finished second worst in the region.
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The study measured the number of patients infected at the hospital, the number readmitted within 30 days, and the quality of patient instructions.
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“New Yorkers often assume that they have access to some of the best health care in the world,” said the study’s author, Dr. John Santa, M.D. “And in some ways they do, with many leading physicians and state-of-the-art facilities in the area. But our analysis suggests that, when it comes to patient safety, New Yorkers often receive sub-standard care.”
Hospital officials at Jacobi are labeling the report unfair and said it is based on outdated data.
They say it does not include the results of their efforts to improve patient safety that have drastically cut down on the number of infections.
1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reports despite the troubling report, Bronx residents she spoke with had nothing but praise for Jacobi Medical Center.
“They’ve been treating me right for the past 10 or 15 years,” one man, who said he was admitted for 19 days for surgery and was fine, said.
NYU Langone had the best score of New York City hospital; however, it was still 10 percent below the national average.
Several top city hospitals, such as Lenox Hill and Memorial Sloan-Kettering, were not included in the study because of a lack of data.
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