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Clara Maass Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center Recognized for Outstanding Record in Patient Safety

11/05/2015

For the 8th consecutive reporting period, Clara Maass Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Barnabas Health facilities, were honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well more than 2,500 hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. Clara Maass Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center are two of 133 hospitals nationwide who have scored an “A” on the eight consecutive surveys. 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 (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.

Developed 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. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see how Clara Maass Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org. Consumers can also go to www.hospitalsafetyscore.org for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.

About Barnabas Health
Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the region, with more than two million patient visits and delivery of more than 20,000 babies annually. The system includes seven acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston (four are teaching hospitals); two children’s hospitals, a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center, a trauma center, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, the state’s largest behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, retail pharmacy services, a medical group, multi-site imaging centers and four accountable care organizations. As the second-largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes more than 21,000 employees, over 5,200 physicians, and 500 residents and interns. For more information, visit www.BarnabasHealth.org.

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