City-run Harlem and Kings County hospitals are among the worst places in the country to be sick, a new Consumer Reports study of hospital safety says.
Harlem Hospital got a score of 20 on Consumer Reports’ 1-to-100 scale of hospital safety, the second-worst score in the nation. Kings County got a score of 22, the fourth-worst.
Both hospitals had too many patients infected by catheters and during surgery, according to the study of 1,159 hospitals to be released today.
And both hospitals scored even worse when Consumer Reports looked at data on whether patients treated for heart attacks, heart failure or pneumonia are readmitted within 30 days.
The hospitals were found to subject patients to too many repeat CT scans. Consumer Reports also said doctors and nurses did a poor job advising patients about follow-up care.
“Public hospitals in New York have a lot of work to do around these issues,” said Dr. John Santa, director of the Consumer Reports Health Ratings Center.
The city Health and Hospitals Corporation disputes the findings, saying in a statement that Harlem and Kings County provide “excellent patient care.”
Harlem Hospital admitted to the magazine that it needed to improve in some areas, and both hospitals said they had recently lowered their infection rates and the number of CT scans required of patients.
No hospital in the nation got anywhere close to a perfect score of 100. The highest-rated, the Billings Clinic in Billings, Mont., got a score of 72.
NYU-Langone Medical Center got the highest score in the city, with a 56. Peninsula Hospital in Edgemere, Queens, which closed in April, came in second with a score of 52.
Some of the city’s most respected hospitals got surprisingly mediocre scores. Mount Sinai scored 30, Beth Israel and New York-Presbyterian came in with scores of 32, and Lenox Hill did little better, with a score of 36.
Santa says their low scores are a sign they haven’t made patient safety enough of a priority.
Many hospitals were omitted from the ratings, as it studied only those hospitals for which it could find up-to-date data.
Consumer Reports rated hospital safety across the nation on a 1-to-100 scale. Here are the top and bottom five in New York City, and their scores:
* NYU Langone, Manhattan 56
* Peninsula Hospital, Queens (closed in April) 52
* Richmond Univ. Medical Center, Staten Island 50
* Staten Island Univ. Hospital 44
* Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn 43
* Harlem Hospital Center, Manhattan 20
* Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn 22
* Bronx-Lebanon Hospital 26
* Jacobi Hospital, Bronx 27
* Mount Sinai, Manhattan 30