Hackensack University Medical Center Maintains its Eighth Consecutive “A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group

October 28, 2015 02:53 PM

Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has once again maintained its “A” Hospital Safety Score byThe Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit organization run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, and is the eighth consecutive A rating received since The Leapfrog Group implemented the biannual rating system in 2012.

“We are proud to receive this A rating from such an esteemed organization as The Leapfrog Group,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of the Hackensack University Health Network. “This rating is a clear reflection of the high-quality, clinically-excellent healthcare we provide at HackensackUMC, and I thank our entire team for their efforts in keeping our patients safe.”

Twice a year (in the spring and fall), The Leapfrog Group assigns a letter grade (A to F) to more than 2,500 nationwide hospitals calculated from a group of 28 measures.  Of the 28 measures used to calculate the scores, 15 are process-related or structure-related and 13 are outcome-based. The scores assigned are based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The weighted score for each hospital is then translated into a letter grade. Leapfrog utilizes national performance measures from the Leapfrog Annual Survey, The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide a single composite score. 

“As one of the leading indicators of patient safety in the U.S., the Hospital Safety Score gives patients and their families a clear letter grade using vigorous standards to help guide them in their healthcare decisions,” added Garrett.

To see HackensackUMC’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

 

About Hackensack University Medical Center

HackensackUMC, a 775- bed nonprofit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, NJ, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state. Founded in 1888 as the county’s first hospital, it is the flagship hospital of Hackensack University Health Network, one of the largest health networks in the state comprised of 1,717 beds, more than 10,000 team members and 3,300 credentialed physicians. HackensackUMC was listed as the number one hospital in New Jersey in U.S. News & World Report’s 2015-16 Best Hospital rankings - maintaining its place atop the NJ rankings since the rating system was introduced. It was also named one of the top four New York Metro Area hospitals. HackensackUMC is the only hospital in New Jersey, New York and New England to be named one of Healthgrades America's 50 Best Hospitals™ nine consecutive years, and receive the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence™ 13 years in a row. The medical center is one of the top 25 green hospitals in the country according to Practice Greenhealth, and received 24 Gold Seals of Approval™ by The Joint Commission – more than any other hospital in the country. It was the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation to become a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence; receiving its fifth consecutive designation in 2014. HackensackUMC has created an entire campus of award-winning care, including: the John Theurer Cancer Center; the Heart & Vascular Hospital; and the Sarkis and Siran Gabrellian Women’s and Children’s Pavilion, which houses the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital and Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital, which was designed with The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center and listed on the Green Guide’s list of Top 10 Green Hospitals in the U.S. HackensackUMC is the Hometown Hospital of the New York Giants and the New York Red Bulls and is Official Medical Services Provider to The Barclays PGA Golf Tournament. It remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more, visit: www.HackensackUMC.org.      

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