PATERSON, NJ – St. Joseph’s University Medical Center earned an “A” grade for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a statement by the hospital read on Thursday.

The grade, Kevin J. Slavin, President & CEO of St.Joseph’s Health said, is a result of the hospital’s “ongoing efforts to ensure patient safety and achieve the highest outcomes.”

“St. Joseph’s has a long-standing commitment to delivering the highest quality care to our patients and communities.”

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Based on 28 publicly available measures of hospital safety,  the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades rate how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries, infections and accidents. More than 2,600 U.S. hospitals are assigned grades with only 855 earning top marks.

“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,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an A Hospital Safety Grade deserve to be recognized for their efforts in preventing medical harm and errors.”

In an effort to maintain the high safety standards and improved patient experiences they have been recognized for St. Joseph’s Health joined The New Jersey High Reliability Organization Collaborative earlier this year to “gain an even greater understanding of every employee’s role in providing the safest, most reliable care for patients.”


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