NJ Hospitals Rank Highest for Safety

New Jersey hospitals have long been leaders in patient care, and the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades – a national, highly regarded and widely known measure of patient safety – revealed today that the Garden State has the highest percentage of hospitals in the nation receiving an “A” grade (based on an “A” through “F” grading system).  Sixty-seven hospitals in the state were analyzed.

The grade is based on two main categories stemming from Leapfrog’s analysis of 28 data sets: “Process and Structural Measures” explore how routinely hospitals provide the correct, recommended treatments for medical conditions and also analyzes the structures in place (such as computerized systems to prevent errors, for example); “Outcome Measures” examine outcomes such as whether or not medical personnel mistakenly left foreign objects in a patient following surgery, for instance.

NEW JERSEY BUSINESS readers wondering how their local hospitals are graded may click here to see a list of institutions in New Jersey and their overall grades. If the readers “click” on “View Full Score,” an individual hospital’s detailed safety information will be revealed. Of note, not all hospitals participated, and thus not all are listed.

For participating hospitals, if one counts those listed and matches them with their overall listed grades, more than 55 percent receive an “A” grade.

The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade “is a public service provided by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system,” according to its website .  It analyzed 2,600 hospitals across the nation.

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