2008-06-06 / Top Stories

Rockaway Hospitals Keeping Pace With State Standards

By Nicholas Briano

The Niagara Health Quality Coalition, a non-profit organization that monitors and rates hospitals across New York State, released its annual hospital report cards this week, and the grades received by Rockaway's two hospitals are simply average when ranked against other hospitals across the state.

Mortality rates in most categories at Peninsula Hospital Center (PHC) and St. John's Episcopal Hospital (SJEH) were found to have been keeping pace with the state as a whole, the report cards show.

This year's report cards, however, show a slight improvement from last year's report conducted by the same coalition. Last year, PHC showed averages below state standards in most of the mortality categories.

For the report, every hospital in the state was graded in four separate categories, all of which include several smaller subcategories. They were graded by a three star system. Three stars represent a better than state average, two stars means the facility is at the state average and one star if the hospital falls below the state average within the given category.

St. John's Episcopal had an average score in every category on which it was graded, including heart attack death rates and pneumonia fatalities. It is also worth noting that SJEH scored a better than state average score for cesarean section delivery utilization, which could only be good news for expectant mothers.

PHC, however, scored below average in heart failure and heart attack death rates.

Both hospitals reportedly take care of their patients and look out for their

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