The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System in Great Neck, N.Y., has begun publicly disclosing infection rates at 10 of its hospitals on Long Island, Queens and Staten Island. North Shore-Long Island Jewish is the state's second hospital system and first nonpublic hospital system to publicly report the potentially controversial information. The information is posted on the systems new quality Web site. The site also includes information on its hospitals' performance in treating patients for heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia, as well as their outcomes in cardiac bypass and joint replacement surgeries. The Web site includes three years of data on five common healthcare-related infections, including ventilator-associated pneumonia, bloodstream infections caused by catheter, drug-resistant 'staph' infections, surgical site infections and Clostridium difficile.
Hospitals in New York already report hospital-acquired infections to the state health departments and the state is planning to begin to publicly report the information in 2009. "For far too long, hospitals and other healthcare providers have operated in a vacuum in interacting with the public," Michael Dowling, president and chief executive officer of the system, said in a news release. The publicly owned New York City Health and Hospitals Corp. launched a similar effort earlier this month.