SLCH Receives Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™

SLCH Receives Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award™


Newburgh, NY – St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital (SLCH)  announced today that it has achieved the Healthgrades 2015 Patient Safety Excellence Award, a designation that honors hospital performance in the prevention of thirteen serious, potentially preventable complications during hospital stays. 

The distinction makes SLCH the only hospital in New York State to receive this award for five consecutive years. This achievement also names SLCH as the only hospital in the state to be ranked among the top 5% in the nation for patient safety three years in a row, as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading online resource for comprehensive information about physicians and hospitals.

"To achieve this distinction yet again is a true sign of the quality of care provided to our patients," said Robert S. Ross, SLCH President and CEO. "Five years in a row is incredible and we could not be more proud of the team we have caring for our community each and every day." 

On average, 133,896 patient safety events could have been avoided if all hospitals, as a group from 2011 from 2013, performed similarly to hospitals performing better than expected on each of the 13 Patient Safety Indicators evaluated by Healthgrades.

"Patient safety is a priority at St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital," said Christine Jelalian, MD, SLCH Medical Director. "Each member of our team plays an integral role in helping us to achieve this distinction." 

 "We commend all recipients of the Healthgrades 2015 Outstanding Patient Safety Excellence Award.  This achievement reflects an organization-wide commitment to delivering high-quality care and to protecting patients from potentially preventable complications," said Evan Marks, Chief Strategy Officer, Healthgrades.

This latest recognition comes on the heels of SLCH being recognized in November, as a 2013 Top Performer on Key Quality Measures® by The Joint Commission.  In 2014, the hospital was also recognized as one of the top hospitals in New York State, the Hudson Valley, and the Poughkeepsie-Newburgh Metro Area by U.S. News & World Report. St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital was also the only facility in the Hudson Valley to be named 2014 Most Wired in the 16th annual Health Care's Most Wired Survey, conducted by Hospitals & Health Networks. For more information about Healthgrades® patient safety measures and other quality designations achieved by SLCH, please click here. To download a full copy of the report or to receive information about hospital and physician quality, visit:

About St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital

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, orthopedic services and a full range of other clinical offerings.