WEST ORANGE, NJ, May 5, 2014-- Barnabas Health hospitals received top scores among New Jersey health care institutions in Hospital Safety Scores 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.
Three Barnabas Health facilities- Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston- all received an "A" grade for the fifth consecutive reporting period by The Leapfrog Group. These three facilities were among only 251 hospitals in the entire nation to have achieved an "A" grade in all 5 score releases of the hospital safety score.
Community Medical Center in Toms River and Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood also received an "A" grade and Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark received a "B."
"We are proud of our performance on these important quality and safety measures," said Anthony Slonim, MD, Dr. PH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Barnabas Health. "Across the Barnabas Health system, we are committed to clinical excellence, and providing the highest quality care to our patients. We are pleased to see the scores continuing to improve overall."
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.
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 three 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. Barnabas Health is a proud founding partner of the 2014 Special Olympics, which will take place in New Jersey June 14 to 21. For more information, visit www.barnabashealth.org.