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Jersey City Medical Center Receives Highest Possible Hospital Safety And Quality Rating For 9th Consecutive Time From Leapfrog Group

04/27/2016

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Jersey City Medical Center

Jersey City Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health facility, has received an “A” Hospital Safety Score from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit group measuring hospital safety and quality, for the 9th consecutive time. Jersey City Medical is one of only six hospitals (out of 67) in New Jersey – and the only one in Hudson County – to have received an A grade for safety each time. Only 153 hospitals nationally have earned straight “A” grades.

The hospital scores, ranging from “A” to “F,” were calculated under the guidance of a blue ribbon panel of experts using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. The scores are designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families when they need to visit a hospital.

More than 2,500 U.S. hospitals were assigned letter grades. Findings pointed to a 9 percent higher risk of avoidable death in “B” hospitals, 35 percent higher in “C” hospitals and 50 higher in “D” and “F” hospitals, than in “A” hospitals.

One-third of New Jersey hospitals dropped a grade or more in the latest national report card in terms of protecting patients from infections, bed sores and harmful errors during their stay. Several of the criteria changed from past years and Leapfrog started grading on a tougher curve, according to the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, a Leapfrog-affiliated organization.

“Safety is our first pillar and it truly takes a team effort from our doctors, nurses and hospital staff to achieve this top ranking,” said Joseph Scott, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jersey City Medical Center. “We’re extremely proud of our consistency of receiving the highest mark nine consecutive times. Less than five percent of hospitals in the country can point to this achievement.”

Leapfrog has said that the goal of its hospital safety report is to promote patient safety by providing information to consumers on how well hospitals are keeping patients safe from adverse events. Leapfrog commissioned a separate study that estimated that more than 33,000 lives could be saved nationally if all hospitals performed as safely as those hospitals that earned an “A.”

“Ultimately, we want all hospitals to be A-level because our communities deserve no less,” said Leah Binder, Leapfrog president and CEO.

New Jersey ranked 22nd in the nation, according to the latest ranking (with Vermont scoring the highest). This was a huge drop from the state’s 5th place finish in the last report.

In addition to identifying measures from among the safety measures publicly reported at the national level – such as falls and trauma, central line-associated bloodstream infections, severe pressure ulcers, and preventable complications from surgery – the panel also credited hospitals for having the procedures and protocols in place to prevent infections, errors and accidents. These include strong nursing leadership and engagement, hand hygiene practices, computerized physician order entry systems, adherence to medical and medication protocols, safety first organizational leadership and culture, and the proper ICU staffing.

The April 2016 update included results of patient surveys about communication about medications, communication about discharge, nurse communication, doctor communication, and responsiveness of hospital staff. Additionally, for the first time, the score includes two new infection measures, for MRSA Bacteremia and C.difficile.

“Scoring a top grade for the ninth consecutive time speaks to our continued focus on safety, quality and efficiency – the areas that are most relevant to our patients and their families,” said Brenda Hall, Senior Vice-President, Patient Safety/Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs at Jersey City Medical Center. “This gives patients the added confidence that when they come here they can expect to receive the very best care.”

The Hospital Safety Score website is available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

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