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Clara Maass Medical Center Recognized Nationally by The Leapfrog Group with Sixth Consecutive “A” for Patient Safety


Belleville, NJ – Clara Maass Medical Center was honored by The Leapfrog Group with its sixth consecutive "A" grade in the Fall 2014 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. Clara Maass Medical Center is one of just 204 hospitals nationwide to earn six consecutive Grade "A" scores, the highest letter grade that the Leapfrog Group awards for patient safety.

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. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

"This designation is yet another tremendous achievement that further sets Clara Maass Medical Center apart when it comes to national leadership in hospital safety," said Mary Ellen Clyne, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Without patient safety, a hospital fails to deliver the most basic and important expectation of a health care facility – to ensure safety to the patient and his or her loved ones. I'm proud that time and time again, Clara Maass continues to set itself apart when it comes to hospital safety."

"Patient safety needs to be a 24-7 priority for hospitals, as errors and infections are all too common and often deadly," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. "We commend the 'A' hospitals, including Clara Maass Medical Center, for helping us to raise the standards of health care nationwide, and demonstrating that they've made the well-being of patients a top priority."

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 fall 2014, with about 31-percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, with a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades available online.

To see how Clara Maass 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 Consumers can also go to for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app.

About The Leapfrog Group

The Hospital Safety Score ( is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (, a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Clara Maass Medical Center
Clara Maass continues to set the standard for delivering quality care. In 2014, Clara Maass Medical Center has received the Mission: Lifeline® Bronze Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures outlined by the American Heart Association for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. It also received its sixth consecutive Grade "A" score in Hospital Safety by the Leapfrog Group, making it one of 204 hospitals in the entire nation to achieve an "A" in all five scores released from the nation's leading experts on patient safety. U.S. News & World Report ranked Clara Maass #18 in New Jersey and #39 in the New York Metro Area as a high-performing hospital in Diabetes & Endocrinology and Neurology & Neurosurgery for 2014-15. In 2013, Becker's Hospital Review named it one of "100 Hospitals with Great Heart Programs."

Located in Belleville, NJ, Clara Maass Medical Center, a Barnabas Health facility, provides a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey. Clara Maass' centers and services include The Health and Wellness Center, Nuclear Medicine, The Cancer Center at Clara Maass, Adult Cardiac Services including Diagnostic Services, Cardiac Catheterization, Elective and Emergency Angioplasty and Rehabilitation, The Pain Management Center, The Joint & Spine Institute, a Vascular Center, Same Day Surgery, The Wound Center at Clara Maass, The Center for Sleep Disorders, the New Jersey Bariatric and Metabolic Institute at Clara Maass Medical Center, Rehabilitation Services, The Eye Surgery Center, Maternity Services and Parent Education, as well as Pediatrics. For a physician referral or more information about Clara Maass, call 973-450-2000 or visit

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