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Saint Peter's earns another ‘A’ in Leapfrog hospital safety grade

Release date: 11/1/2016

Saint Peter’s University Hospital has earned an “A” grade for the Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital has earned an “A” grade for the Fall 2016 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, it was announced today. Saint Peter’s was the lone hospital in New Brunswick and one of only two in Middlesex County to earn an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the 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.
“This measure of excellence represents the commitment all of us at Saint Peter’s have to the patients and families we serve,” said Ronald C. Rak, JD, CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “We are dedicated to Leapfrog’s highest values and I commend our wonderful staff.”

“Saint Peter’s stellar record for patient safety is reflective of our dedicated employees and best practices of everyone who calls our organization home,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “We take tremendous pride in the extraordinary care that we deliver to every patient. I can think of no better, more caring hospital staff.”  

Among the 2,633 U.S. hospitals that were graded, 844 earned an “A,” 658 earned a “B,” 954 earned a “C,” 157 earned a “D,” and 20 earned an “F.” According to Leapfrog President and CEO Leah Binder, “In the fast-changing health care landscape, patients should be aware that hospitals are not all equally competent at protecting them from injuries and infections. We believe everyone has the right to know which hospitals are the safest." 

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.
 

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