Livingston, NJ) October 29, 2014 – For the 6th consecutive reporting period, Saint Barnabas Medical Center was honored with an "A" grade in the Fall 2014
Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. 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.
"Saint Barnabas Medical Center is proud of this recognition. The Leapfrog Group score is representative of our organizational commitment to patient safety. This recognition is important to our goal of maintaining excellence and continually improving the care we provide to our community," states John F. Bonamo, MD, MS, President and Chief Executive Officer, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.
"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 Saint Barnabas 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 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. www.HospitalSafetyScore.org
About The Leapfrog Group
The Hospital Safety Score (www.hospitalsafetyscore.org) is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), 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.
Saint Barnabas Medical Center
Since 1865, Saint Barnabas Medical Center, New Jersey's oldest nonprofit, nonsectarian hospital, has worked to exceed its community's highest expectations for compassionate, comprehensive health care. Our award-winning, 597-bed institution is one of the largest health care providers in the state. Our commitment to excellence is illustrated by our designation from many national organizations for being a provider of quality care. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is accredited by The Joint Commission and the American Medical Association Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The medical center is a major teaching affiliate of Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, The New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and St. Georges University School of Medicine, Grenada. Saint Barnabas is also a clinical site for both of New Jersey's physician assistant training schools. The medical staff of approximately 1,700 physicians, representing more than 100 medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty services, shares medical expertise with medical students, residents and fellows.