LIVINGSTON, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) was recently awarded an ‘A’ grade for the 16th consecutive time in The Leapfrog Group’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade. 

SBMC is the only hospital in a seven-state area—New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Maryland—to achieve straight 'A's since the survey began in 2012.

“Patient safety is the priority at SBMC," said Stephen P. Zieniewicz, SBMC president and chief executive officer (CEO). "Achieving straight A’s for the 16th time in a row is indicative of our unwavering focus on safety and quality for our patients and their families. We are extremely proud of our entire healthcare team and their commitment and dedication to being a High Reliability Organization with outstanding outcomes."

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Developed under the guidance of a National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade employs 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign the grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice each year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s peer-reviewed methodology produces results that are free to the public.

“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership is protecting patients from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every level—from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors—and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn this 'A.'”

To see more details on SBMC’s Hospital Safety Grade and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients, visit and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.

SBMC also has been recognized by U.S. News Report as a Best Hospital for 2019-20 by U.S. News & World Report for Diabetes and Gynecology and as high performing in treating Colon Cancer, Congestive Heart Failure, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Gastroenterology and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, Neurology and Neurosurgery.