WEST ORANGE, NJ - May 9, 2013 – All three Barnabas Health acute care hospitals in the Southern Region have been awarded straight “A’s” for hospital safety by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization.
The Leapfrog Group, which rates hospitals and medical centers nationwide, gave an “A” – the highest Hospital Safety Score possible – to Community Medical Center, Kimball Medical Center and Monmouth Medical Center. More than 2,514 hospitals, including New Jersey’s 71 hospitals, were graded.
The Hospital Safety Score uses a rating scale from A to F based on 26 categories of hospital safety data. The data measured included preventing falls and infections, preventing accidents, injuries and medication errors, providing proper staffing, and other categories. The scores were compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and are designed to give the public information they can use to make health care decisions.
“We are proud to receive such high marks on these critical quality and safety measures,” said Anthony Slonim, M.D., DrPH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Barnabas Health. “The results clearly demonstrate our commitment to patient safety and delivering quality care at all of our facilities throughout the system.”
To view Barnabas Health facilities’ scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
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 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 and comprehensive home care and hospice programs. 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.
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