Long Branch, NJ-- Monmouth Medical Center received an “A”, the highest Hospital Safety Score released for the first time by The Leapfrog Group. Barnabas Health hospitals including Monmouth are among the leaders in New Jersey. Five of the six Barnabas Health hospitals received an “A”, the highest score, and one received a “B”. The report cards awarded letter grades for 2,652 institutions in the nation, including New Jersey’s 71 hospitals. The scores are assigned to hospitals based on infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent, national not-for-profit organization of employer purchasers of health care and the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in keeping patients safe from preventable harm and medical errors. The data included preventing falls, bedsores and infections, administering antibiotics before surgery, and ensuring the intensive care unit is properly staffed, among others.
“Monmouth Medical Center provides the highest quality care to patients,” says Frank Vozos, MD, FACHE, President and Chief Executive Officer at Monmouth Medical Center. “This score highlights Monmouth’s commitment and dedication to patient safety and to providing excellent clinical outcomes.”
“We are very proud of how well all of our hospitals performed on these important quality and safety measures,” stated Anthony Slonim, M.D., Dr. PH, Executive Vice President and Chief Medical Officer of Barnabas Health. “It is a testament to the fine work of our employees and physicians and the work they do every day in caring for our patients and their families.”
The following Barnabas Health hospitals were awarded an ‘A’: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston. Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood received a ‘B’.
Barnabas Health is the largest not-for-profit integrated health care delivery system in New Jersey and one of the largest in the nation. The system provides treatment and services for more than two million patient visits each year and annually brings more than 17,000 infants into the world. The system includes 18,200 employees, making it the second largest private employer in the state; 4,600 physicians, representing one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey, and 445 residents and interns.
June 8, 2012
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