Hackensack University Medical Center Maintains “Straight A” Hospital Safety Score by The Leapfrog Group

May 13, 2016

Hackensack University Medical Center is pleased to announce that it has maintained its “A” Hospital Safety Score byThe Leapfrog Group for the ninth consecutive time. The medical center has achieved an A rating since the biannual scoring system began back in 2012 – just one of 98 hospitals in the country to do so. Seven hundred ninety-eight hospitals earned an A score nationwide.

“Patient safety has always been our top priority at HackensackUMC,” said Ihor S. Sawczuk, M.D., president of HackensackUMC. “We are constantly assessing and implementing patient safety initiatives to ensure the highest level of care, such as our recent Hand Hygiene Campaign. Our team works collaboratively to share best practices in a common commitment to quality.”

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.  The scores assigned are based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. New this spring, scores included patient satisfaction outcomes, as well as infection measures for Clostridium difficile and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. The weighted score for each hospital was 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.

Sawczuk added, “Congratulations to our entire HackensackUMC team—especially Audrey Murphy, executive vice president and chief legal officer; Dr. Paul Kovatis, chairman of the Quality & Patient Safety Committee; Dr. Carol Barsky, vice president, chief quality and patient safety officer; Pat Santaniello, director, Risk Management; Dr. Lauren Koniaris, chief medical information officer; Theresa Colarusso, administrator, Department of Patient Safety & Quality; Karen Beggs, improvement advisor, Department of Patient Safety & Quality; Peter Rinaldi, director of Public Reporting, Department of Patient Safety & Quality; and Nilesh Desai, administrator, Pharmacy and Clinical Operations.”

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 one of only five major academic medical centers in the nation to receive Healthgrades America’s 50 Best Hospitals Award for five or more 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.