St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center received an “A” grade from the Leapfrog Group for patient safety.
“St. Joseph’s has a long-standing commitment to delivering the highest quality care to our patients and communities,” Kevin Slavin, head of St. Joseph’s Health, said on Thursday morning. “This top grade is a result of our ongoing efforts to ensure patient safety and achieve the highest outcomes.”
Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit focused on improving health care quality and safety in American hospitals, assigns A-F grades. Ratings are based on how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries, infections, and accidents.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures from public hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals. 32-percent of hospitals in the U.S. earned an “A” grade in the group’s fall 2018 ratings.
St. Joseph’s University Medical Center in Paterson was among 855 hospitals across the U.S. to receive the highest grade. The group ranked 67 hospitals in New Jersey. 38 were received an “A” grade, according to the Leapfrog Group’s online data.
“Leapfrog’s Hospital Safety Grades recognize hospitals like St. Joseph’s University Medical Center that focus on advancing patient safety. This ranking provides an important resource for patients, and a benchmark for hospitals, to determine how care at one hospital compares to others in a region,” Leah Binder, head of the Leapfrog Group, said. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”
St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center did not fare so well in the ratings, receiving a “C” grade, according to the rating organization.