WEST ORANGE, NJ — Saint Barnabas Medical Center (SBMC) was recently recognized as a Top Teaching Hospital in 2019 by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

Widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors an American hospital can receive, the recognition underscores SBMC and RWJBarnabas Health’s commitment to patient safety and quality.

“Saint Barnabas Medical Center remains devoted to serving as a leader that promotes transparency and the sharing of best practices to continually improve patient safety and the quality of health care services delivered by our system’s hospitals.” said Stephen P. Zieniewicz, FACHE, president and chief executive officer of SBMC. “We’re honored to be named a Top Teaching Hospital and I congratulate our dedicated physicians, nurses, and the entire staff.”

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Among thousands of hospitals in the country, SBMC is one of only 55 Top Teaching Hospitals recognized nationally. The Top Hospital Awards come following each of the hospitals’ “A” Hospital Safety Grade, also from the Leapfrog Group.  

A second RWJBarnabas Health facility, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH), was also recognized by The Leapfrog Group as a Top General Hospital this year and is one of only 37 Top General Hospitals recognized. . 

Data used to identify Top Hospitals are gathered and publicly reported through the Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The Leapfrog Hospital Survey compares hospitals’ performance on national standards of patient safety, quality, efficiency and management structures that prevent errors, providing the most comprehensive picture of how patients fare at individual institutions.

The data collected also enables hospitals to benchmark their progress toward The Leapfrog Groups’ standards and measure the care they deliver. To see the methodology for Top Hospitals and the full list of 2019 honorees, visit: www.leapfroggroup.org/tophospitals.