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New York Hospital Rankings Among the Worst in the Nation By Payne Horning More than half of the hospitals in the Empire State received the lowest-possible ratings in a report produced by the federal government. The annual Hospital Compare study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services analyzes the quality of each of the nation’s hospitals based on 100 measures in seven categories: mortality, safety of care, readmission, patient experience, effectiveness of care, timeliness of care, and efficient use of medical imaging. Using this formula, each hospital is given a rating on a scale of 1-5 stars, with 5 stars for those that performed the best. New York had lower-quality stars than all of the 49 other states. Only 15% of the state’s 148 hospitals earned a 5-or 4-star rating while 52% got a 1-or 2-star rating. That’s nowhere near the national average, where only 18% of hospitals received 1 or 2 stars and 37% got 5 or 4 stars. The picture isn’t much better when looking only at Upstate. None of the 83 hospitals in this half of the state received a 5-star rating and only 12 had 4 stars. Fifteen had 1 star, 32 had 2