LIVINGSTON, NJ — For the eighth-consecutive reporting period, Saint Barnabas Medical Center was honored with an “A” grade in the Fall 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well more than 2,500 hospitals protect patients from errors, injuries and infections. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is one of 133 hospitals nationwide who have scored an “A” on the eight consecutive surveys.

The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), an independent industry watchdog.

“Safety is a fundamental priority and tantamount to providing the highest quality care,” states Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, President and CEO at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. “It is our focus, passion and our most important commitment to our patients and their families. The Leapfrog Group score is representative of our dedication to safety and we are very proud of this recognition.”

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Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade.

The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website. Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

“Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s “A” grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score.

To see how Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s score compares locally and nationally, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the newly updated Hospital Safety Score website HERE. Consumers can also click HERE for a free download of the Hospital Safety Score mobile app. 

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