RIVERHEAD, NY (May 3, 2023)—Peconic Bay Medical Center (PBMC) announced today that it has received an A rating for hospital safety from The Leapfrog Group, the nation’s premier advocate of transparency in health care and the sole publisher of health care data on safety for hospitals across the country. This is the first time the hospital has achieved this prestigious recognition and is the culmination of the hospital’s consistent growth and technological advancements since joining the Northwell Health system in 2016. The announcement comes on the heels of PBMC receiving several accolades for 2023, including 5-star ratings from Healthgrades for stroke, heart attack, hip fracture, pneumonia, and a top 100 ranking nationwide for coronary intervention treatment.
“Receiving an ‘A’ rating from Leapfrog is a testament to PBMC’s commitment to implementing best practices and continuing to improve everything we do from medical treatment to patient experience,” said Amy Loeb, EdD, MBA, RN, PBMC executive director. “We are committed to keep building off of this success as we continue to expand and further develop new programs to increase access to the best possible health care services for Eastern Suffolk County residents. I’m so grateful to every member of our team who helped to make this distinction a reality.”
To achieve an ‘A’ safety rating, PBMC’s patient care was studied in several categories, including preventing and responding to patient harm, health care-associated infections, maternity care, medication safety, complex adult surgery, total joint replacement, and care for elective outpatient surgery patients. PBMC received exemplary scores in each category. Peconic Bay Medical Center was one of six Northwell hospitals on Long Island to receive an ‘A’ rating; Huntington Hospital, Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, South Shore University Hospital in Bay Shore and Syosset Hospital were the others.
Updated twice per year, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades are intended to draw attention to help patients make informed decisions about where to seek treatment based on how safe a hospital is for patients. The Safety Grade provides consumers with critical information on how likely they are to experience accidents, injuries, errors or harm while in the hospital. The score is used by dozens of national and regional health plans, as well as vendors, to educate their users on the importance of choosing a safer hospital.
“PBMC has come a long way in a short period of time, and this A rating from Leapfrog is another rung as we continue to advance medical services for Eastern Suffolk County,” said Jeffrey Zilberstein, MD, medical director, PBMC. “We’re incredibly proud to be able to share with the public that our hospital is being held to the highest standard by a nationally-recognized organization that patients across the country use to determine where they should receive health care.”
Since joining the Northwell Health system in 2016, Peconic Bay Medical Center has become a 4-star quality rated hospital by CMS and excelled in quality and patient safety. In 2022, the hospital was also named a Center of Excellence in Robotic Surgery, received a Level III ACS Trauma Certification and was presented with awards from US News & World Report for its high performance in a range of services, including hip and knee replacement, heart failure treatment, kidney failure treatment and treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The hospital also made several key hires, implemented new, advanced technology to further strengthen the level of care PBMC provides patients and announced significant physical expansion plans for the coming years.
“With PBMC receiving the highest possible safety rating, we hope residents will see the investments we have made to bring in the best possible medical teams and to optimize our facilities, so Suffolk County has access to the most advanced level of medical care available,” said Amy Loeb.
About Peconic Bay Medical Center
Located in Riverhead, NY, Peconic Bay Medical Center is a 144-bed nonprofit hospital committed to providing exceptional care and improving the health of the communities it serves. Peconic Bay Medical Center offers wide-ranging, full-scope services and programs, including advanced surgical, cardiac, orthopedic and women’s health care, comprehensive inpatient medical care, palliative care and an extensive range of outpatient services, along with state-of-the-art technology. Peconic Bay Medical Center joined Northwell Health in 2016. For more information, visit PBMCHealth.org and follow us @PeconicBayMedicalCenter on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.