SJHS Earns ‘A’ Grades in Leapfrog’s National Hospital Safety Score

LeapfrogAn announcement released nationally today by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, shows key shifts among many hospitals on the A, B, C, D and F grades rating them on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. St. Joseph’s Healthcare System hospitals – St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, which includes St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital, and St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital – each earned top scores of “A” in this elite national ratings program, recognizing St. Joseph’s strong commitment to patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety 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.

“Patient safety is the priority at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System and we are proud that both St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, including St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital are recognized with top scores of “A” by The Leapfrog Group for the excellence of the safe, high quality care we provide to our patients,” said Kevin J. Slavin, President and Chief Executive Officer at St. Joseph’s Healthcare System.

“As a mission-driven organization, the premier Catholic healthcare system in the state, and the first four-time Magnet Recognized (for Nursing excellence) Catholic hospital in the nation to fulfill the rigorous requirements of the International Standards Organization (ISO) Quality Management certification, St. Joseph’s Healthcare System is fully committed to providing clinically-advanced high quality, safe and compassionate care as we heal the bodies, minds and spirits of all those who turn to us in their time of need,” added Mr. Slavin.

“St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital “A” grades are powerful reminders of St. Joseph’s commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge St. Joseph’s Healthcare System hospitals – St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center/St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital and St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital and all other “A” hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.” 

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 October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center’s and St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices. 

October 28, 2015

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