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Saint Barnabas Medical Center Earns 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award


Honored with National Distinction for Patient Care

Pictured at the 2015 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award presentation, from left, are Leah Binder President & CEO, Leapfrog; William H. Finck, MBA, CPA, Immediate Past Chair, Leapfrog; Sean Cox RN, MSN, MAS, CPHQ, Director, Quality & Standards, SBMC; Paul Yodice, MD, FCCP, FCCM, Chairman, Department of Medicine, SBMC; and Laurel Pickering, MPH, Chairman of the Board, Leapfrog.

Livingston, NJ, December 2, 2015 – For the second year in a row, The Leapfrog Group has named Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) to its annual list of Top Hospitals. This coveted and respected recognition showcases Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s commitment to Leapfrog’s vision of providing the safest, highest quality health care for consumers and purchasers alike.

“This recognition is particularly meaningful as it speaks to our patient focus. Leapfrog Group is synonymous with patient safety and quality. We are honored to be one of only four hospitals in New Jersey and a select few across the country that have achieved this prestigious distinction,” states Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO, Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

SBMC was one of only 98 Top Hospitals recognized and selected from 1,500 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. The list includes:

  • 24 Top Rural Hospitals
  • 62 Top Urban Hospitals
  • 12 Top Children’s Hospitals

The selection is based on the results of The Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use and management structures established to prevent errors. Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including survival rates for high-risk procedures and a hospital’s ability to prevent medication errors.

“Leapfrog’s Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most prestigious distinctions any hospital can achieve in the United States,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Top Hospitals have lower infection rates, better outcomes, decreased length of stay and fewer readmissions. By achieving Top Hospital status, Saint Barnabas Medical Center has proven it prioritizes the safety of its patients, is committed to transparency and provides exemplary care for families and patients in Livingston, New Jersey. I congratulate the board, staff, and clinicians of Saint Barnabas whose efforts achieved these results.”

The Top Hospital award is given to urban, rural and children's hospitals that publicly report their performance through the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey and meet the high standards defined in each year's Top Hospitals Methodology.

To see the full list of institutions honored as a 2015 Top Hospital, please visit

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Saint Barnabas Medical Center

For the past 150 years, Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC), New Jersey’s oldest nonsectarian hospital, has worked to exceed our community’s highest expectations for compassionate, comprehensive health care. The 597-bed institution is one of the largest health care providers in the state, treating more than 32,000 inpatients and more than 92,000 Emergency Department patients each year. The Medical Center and the Barnabas Health Ambulatory Care Center provide treatment and services for more than 300,000 outpatient visits annually. Saint Barnabas Medical Center has long been recognized as a leader in providing the highest level of patient care—delivering nearly 5,700 babies annually which is one of the largest programs in the state, caring for more newly diagnosed cancer patients, creating breakthroughs in the field of infertility, and providing more than 100 medical and surgical specialty and subspecialty services. For more information, call 1-888-724-7123 or visit

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