SLCH Receives Healthgrades® Patient Safety Excellence Award; The Only Hospital in NYS to Receive Four Years in a Row!

SLCH Receives Healthgrades® Patient Safety Excellence Award; The Only Hospital in NYS to Receive Four Years in a Row!


Newburgh: St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) has received the Healthgrades® Patient Safety Excellence Award for the fourth year in a row.  SLCH is one of only 35 hospitals across the nation, and the only hospital in New York State to receive this distinction in each of the last four years.  SLCH has also been ranked among the top 5% in the nation for patient safety in both 2013 and 2014.

Of over 4,739 hospitals evaluated by Healthgrades only 381 received the 2014 Healthgrades Patent Safety Excellence Award™ . Healthgrades® patient safety ratings examine 14 different types of serious and potentially preventable complications. Healthgrades® uses Medicare inpatient data from the Medicare Provider Analysis and Review (MedPAR) database and Patient Safety Indicator software from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to calculate event rates for patient safety indicators.

"We have an outstanding team here at SLCH, and to receive this award yet again, speaks volumes to the level of care provided to our community," said Robert S. Ross, SLCH President and CEO. 

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"Each member of the St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital team plays a key role in helping us to achieve this distinction," said Christine Jelalian, MD, SLCH Medical Director. "Patient safety is at the core of what we do and remains our number one priority."

During the 2014 study period, Patient Safety Excellence Award hospitals showed better than expected performance in providing safety for patients in the Medicare population, as measured by objective outcomes (risk-adjusted patient safety indicator rates) across 13 of the 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  If all hospitals performed at the same level of award recipients, 266,813 patient safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals could have potentially been avoided.

"Healthgrades is dedicated to providing quality information that helps consumers make decisions based on objective data leading to the best care for themselves and their families," said Evan Marks, Executive Vice President, Informatics and Strategy, Healthgrades. "Consumers can rest assured that a hospital recognized with a Healthgrades 2014 Patient Safety Excellence Award has demonstrated an established commitment to patient safety."

St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital (SLCH) is a not-for-profit community hospital with campuses in Newburgh and Cornwall, NY. The hospital is dedicated to serving the health care needs of the Hudson Valley and aspires to excellence in the delivery of compassionate and comprehensive health care services. SLCH offers comprehensive cardiac, stroke, cancer and orthopedic services and a full range of other clinical offerings. For more information, go to or!/stlukescornwallhospital