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Saint Peter's jumps to the head of its class with another ‘A’ in hospital safety grade

Release date: 10/31/2017

Only provider in Middlesex County to earn top ranking from The Leapfrog Group

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital was the only institution in Middlesex County to earn an “A” for the Fall 2017 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, it was announced today.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the grade provides the public with information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

The fall score was Saint Peter’s fifth consecutive A safety grade from The Leapfrog Group.

“We are extremely proud of this achievement, proving once again that Saint Peter’s is deeply committed to the safety of our patients,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, interim CEO and president of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “Our patient care team adheres closely to best clinical practices in combination with a special brand of compassion for which Saint Peter’s is known. This A safety grade is a credit to their skill and devotion to all who seek our aid.”

Saint Peter’s ranked highly nationally. Among the 2,632 hospitals graded, 832 earned an A, 662 a B, 964 a C, 159 a D and 15 an F. In the Garden State, Saint Peter’s was among 30 hospitals that earned an A patient safety grade out of a total 68 institutions that were reviewed.


“What we’ve learned is that transparency has a real impact on patient safety. By making the Hospital Safety Grades public, we’ve galvanized major changes in states and communities,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog. “Not only does it require dedication from national organizations, such as Leapfrog, to make this information public, but also from local coalitions, regional leaders, employers, business leaders and other community organizations to work with these hospitals and their communities to improve the quality and safety of health care.”
Leapfrog looked at medical errors, accidents, injuries and infections to determine the grades. The goal was to assess a patient's risk of further injury or infection if they visited a certain hospital.

The analysis estimates that more than 30,000 lives could be saved each year if every hospital improved its safety record to A standards. To see Saint Peter’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.
 
About Saint Peter’s Healthcare System
Saint Peter’s Healthcare System Inc., parent company of the Saint Peter’s healthcare delivery system, is comprised of Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital; Saint Peter’s Foundation, the fundraising arm of the hospital, Saint Peter’s Physician Associates, in Middlesex and Somerset counties, and Saint Peter’s Health and Management Services Corp., which oversees the system’s outpatient facilities including the CARES Surgicenter and the New Brunswick Cardiac Cath Lab. Saint Peter’s Healthcare System is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. For more information about Saint Peter’s Healthcare System visit www.saintpetershcs.com or call 732-745-8600
 

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