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Saint Barnabas Medical Center Recognized With Straight ‘A’s’ For Patient Safety and Quality


One of just 72 hospitals in the nation to get top marks

Livingston, NJ -- Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a RWJBarnabas Health facility, is one of 72 hospitals in the nation to earn straight “A’s” on the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade since the inception of the program in 2012. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is one of only three hospitals in New Jersey – and the only one in Essex County – to have received an A grade each time. Issued twice a year, the latest and tenth Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade was made public on October 31, 2016. Jersey City Medical Center, a RWJ Barnabas Health facility, also achieved straight “A” status.

“Safety for all is Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s top priority including safety for our patients and their families, our employees, visitors, students, medical residents and all those in training. Being in this select group receiving the highest rating possible from The Leapfrog Group for all 10 reporting periods is a direct reflection of our physician and staff’s focus on providing the safest and highest quality care,” said Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer at Saint Barnabas Medical Center.

“Earning Straight ‘As’ in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is a remarkable achievement and testament to Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s ongoing vigilance and commitment to patient safety,” Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, said in a news release. “We thank Saint Barnabas Medical Center for being an example of excellence in preventing harm to patients and urge them to continue championing patient safety.”

Specifically, Mr. Zieniewicz says the Hospital Safety Grade reflects outcome measures such as infections, falls and preventable complications from surgery, as well as process and structural measures including strong nursing leadership and engagement, use of computerized physician order entry to prevent medication errors, hand hygiene policies, and adherence to medical and medication protocols that prevent complications.

Mr. Zieniewicz explained that safety is central to every decision made at Saint Barnabas Medical Center which strives to be a highly reliable organization with zero defects. “We keep safety at the forefront by holding a Daily Safety Briefing. Employees from all areas of the hospital meet briefly every day to identify any potential safety issues and quickly and efficiently develop and implement solutions,” he explained.

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to indicate how well hospitals protect patients from preventable errors, injuries and infections by assigning A, B, C, D and F grades to U.S. hospitals twice a year. The grade is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

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