WEST ORANGE, NJ, October 24, 2013-- Barnabas Health hospitals received top scores among New Jersey health care institutions in Hospital Safety Scores that were released this week by The Leapfrog Group. Five of the six Barnabas Health hospitals received an “A,” the highest score, and one received a “B.” The report cards awarded letter grades for 2,539 institutions in the nation, including 67 New Jersey hospitals. The scores are assigned to hospitals based on infections, injuries and medical and medication errors.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national not-for-profit organization of employer health care purchasers and the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The data included preventing falls, bedsores and infections, administering antibiotics before surgery, and ensuring the intensive care unit is properly staffed, among others.
“We are proud of how well our six hospitals performed on these important quality and safety measures,” said Anthony Slonim, MD, Dr. PH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Barnabas Health. “Our physicians and employees are committed to excellence, while providing the highest quality care to the patients we serve throughout the state.”
The following Barnabas Health hospitals were awarded an ‘A’: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark received a ‘B’.
Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 17,600 babies annually. The system includes six acute care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a freestanding behavioral health center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, pharmacy services, a medical group and two accountable care organizations. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes 18,200 employees and 4,600 physicians – or one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey. For more information, visit www.barnabashealth.org.
Contact: Carrie Cristello