Mount Sinai Named One of New York State’s Safest Hospitals By the Niagara Health Quality Coalition

New York, NY
 – September 7, 2011 /Press Release/  –– 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center has been named one of New York State’s safest hospitals for 2011, as reported in the annual hospital study conducted by the nonprofit Niagara Health Quality Coalition (NHQC).

Mount Sinai was also the only hospital in New York State to receive the NHQC’s highest safety rating for the performance of percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, and was the only hospital named to the NHQC "Honor Roll" for that critical cardiac procedure.

The NHQC is an independent organization based in Williamsville, NY, that uses federally endorsed hospital quality indicators to measure hospital performance. It makes its finding available to the public in several ways, including an annual "Hospital Report Card." More detailed information is available at the NHQC website at

Its "Safest Hospitals" list is based on several patient safety indicators, including mortality rates for 14 different procedures; patient safety rates for 11 separate conditions including post-operative sepsis and post-operative blood clots; any instances of foreign bodies retained during surgery and transfusions of the wrong blood type; whether hospitals performed a minimum number of cases to claim competency on six complex surgeries; and hospital participation in two national safety programs.

The NHQC also issues a similar annual "Watch List" of hospitals that performed poorly overall in key patient safety indicators.

About The Mount Sinai Medical Center 

The Mount Sinai Medical Center encompasses both The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Established in 1968, Mount Sinai School of Medicine is one of the leading medical schools in the United States. The Medical School is noted for innovation in education, biomedical research, clinical care delivery, and local and global community service. It has more than 3,400 faculty in 32 departments and 14 research institutes, and ranks among the top 20 medical schools both in National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding and by U.S. News & World Report. 

The Mount Sinai Hospital, founded in 1852, is a 1,171-bed tertiary- and quaternary-care teaching facility and one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most-respected voluntary hospitals. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked The Mount Sinai Hospital 16th on its elite Honor Roll of the nation’s top hospitals based on reputation, safety, and other patient-care factors. Of the top 20 hospitals in the United States, Mount Sinai is one of 12 integrated academic medical centers whose medical school ranks among the top 20 in NIH funding and U.S. News & World Report and whose hospital is on the U.S. News & World Report Honor Roll. Nearly 60,000 people were treated at Mount Sinai as inpatients last year, and approximately 560,000 outpatient visits took place. 

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