Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Receive an ‘A’ for Patient Safety From The Leapfrog Group

October 31, 2017

Edison, NJ – Hackensack Meridian Health is proud to announce that Hackensack University Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center received an “A” grade for their commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S, according to The Leapfrog Group, a national non-profit health care ratings organization.

“We are proud to receive “A” grades from The Leapfrog Group for four of our hospitals and excited on the overall improvement of the Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals,” said Robert C. Garrett, co-CEO, Hackensack Meridian Health. “These hard-earned grades are evidence of the outstanding efforts made by our clinical and quality teams to improve patient safety and clinical quality throughout our network.”

“Hackensack Meridian Health is committed to delivering unsurpassed outcomes by implementing high reliability practices and delivering evidence-based care in a timely, human-centered and equitable environment,” said Carol Barsky, M.D. MBA, senior vice president and chief quality officer.

“It takes consistent, unwavering dedication to patients to achieve the highest standards of patient safety,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “An ‘A’ Safety Grade recognizes hospitals for this accomplishment. We congratulate the clinicians, board, management and staff at Hackensack University Medical Center, Bayshore Medical Center, Southern Ocean Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center for showing the country what it means to put patient safety first.”

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

Four other Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals, including Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Ocean Medical Center, Pascack Valley Medical Center and Raritan Bay Old Bridge received a “B” letter grade and Mountainside Medical Center, Raritan Bay Perth Amboy and Palisades Medical Center received a “C” grade.

Hackensack Meridian Health remains committed to achieving the highest quality standards and outcomes and welcomes the clarity that measurement and reporting bring to the process. To view the network’s performance on patient satisfaction, health care associated infection and readmission rates for all of its hospitals, please click here.

To see Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals’ full grades, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter and Facebook.