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Best (Worst) Hospitals in NYC for Spring 2023

Medical errors remain a leading cause of death in the United States. Over 250,000 patients die every year from preventable medical mistakes, according to research by John Hopkins Medicine. When these preventable errors lead to life-threatening injuries, hospitals must be held accountable for their lack of safety. 

Despite all we know about preventable safety measures, some medical centers neglect to promote high standards of patient care and safety. Thankfully, the watchdog organization The Leapfrog Group has been exposing these facilities for over 20 years. In their bi-annual Hospital Grade Safety Reports, The Leapfrog Group provides the public with transparent information about the inner workings of their local hospitals, allowing patients to make educated decisions about their health. 

In this blog, we’ll reveal the recent Spring 2023 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades for New York City and discuss where the scores come from and why they are important. 

How Does Leapfrog Get the Grade

Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grade has become a golden-standard system to help medical centers nationwide provide better patient care. Hospitals are more likely to improve their safety standards when they know what steps to take to do so. Leapfrog’s grading system provides not only grades but also action steps to resolve potential issues that could pose a future risk of patient injuries. 

Each year, The Leapfrog Group releases two reports (Spring and Fall) evaluating participating hospitals’ health and safety policies. Not all hospitals and medical facilities participate. These actions alone should be considered when doing your research. 

The Hospital Safety Grades are awarded using an A to F grading system based on analyzing 28 hospital safety measures proven to prevent serious and fatal medical errors. Each measure is assigned to one of five main groups: 

  1. Safety Problems
  2. Problems with surgery 
  3. Infections
  4. Practice preventing medical errors 
  5. Doctors, nurses & hospital staff

Each measure is then scored and displayed for patients to see exactly where their medical facilities are thriving/lacking. These measures are then calculated into one letter grade that is displayed as the final Hospital Grade for each facility. 

New York Spring 2023 Hospital Grade

Sadly, New York State dropped from 39 to 40 in the state rankings this year, with an 11.3% ‘A’ rating per facility compared to 12.7% last year.

New York City as a region also dropped in ratings. Of the 44 hospitals scored this year, only three facilities received an ‘A’ rating compared to five hospitals last year. The majority (26) received a ‘C’ rating, while eight received a ‘D.’ 

Here’s how each facility is rated per borough: 


  • NYU Langone Hospitals- A
  • Lenox Hill Hospital- B
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital- B
  • NYC Health Hospitals – Metropolitan- B
  • Mount Sinai Beth Israel- C
  • Mount Sinai Morningside- C
  • Mount Sinai West- C
  • NYC Health and Hospitals Bellevue- C
  • New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center- C
  • New York-Presbyterian, Lower Manhattan Hospital- C
  • New York-Presbyterian Allen Hospital- C
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Columbia University Irving Medical Center- C
  • NYC Health & Hospitals – Harlem- C


  • Montefiore Wakefield Campus- C
  • NYC Health and Hospitals- Jacobi- C
  • NYC Health and Hospitals- Lincoln- C
  • NYC Health and Hospitals North Central Bronx- C
  • BronxCare Health System- D
  • Montefiore Einstein Campus- D
  • Montefiore Moses Campus- D
  • St. Barnabas Hospital- D


  • NYU Langone Hospital- A
  • New York – Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital- B
  • Downstate Health Sciences University, University Hospital at Downstate- C
  • Maimonides Medical Center- C
  • NYC Health and Hospitals Kings County- C
  • Mount Sinai Brooklyn- C
  • New York Community Hospital- C
  • NYC Health and Hospitals Woodhull- C
  • The Brooklyn Hospital Center- C
  • Wyckoff Heights Medical Center- C
  • Brookdale Hospital Medical Center- D
  • Interfaith Medical Center- D
  • NYC Health and Hospitals- South Brooklyn Health- D 


  • Long Island Jewish Forest Hills- A
  • Mount Sinai Queens- B
  • Queens Hospital Center- B
  • New York-Presbyterian Queens- B
  • Jamaica Hospital Medical Center- C
  • St. John’s Episcopal Hospital- C
  • NYC Health and Hospitals Elmhurst- C
  • Flushing Hospital Medical Center- D

Staten Island 

  • Staten Island University Hospital – North Campus- C
  • Richmond University Medical Center- C

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