Neptune, NJ – All of Hackensack Meridian Health’s southern market hospitals including Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Ocean Medical Center in Brick and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin have been awarded an ‘A’ from The Leapfrog Group’s spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
The designation recognizes the medical centers’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. “I’m extremely proud of all our team members on achieving ‘A’ grades in such an important aspect of health care,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, Hackensack Meridian Health regional president, southern market. “Patient safety is not something we take lightly, in fact, our patients are at the core of everything we do. We will continue to focus on providing exceptional and safe health care and remain dedicated to all of our patients’ health care needs.”
The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. The Safety Grade assigns an ‘A’, ‘B’, ‘C’, ‘D’ or ‘F’ grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”
Developed under the guidance of a national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
The southern region medical centers were awarded ‘A’ grades today, when Leapfrog announced grades for the spring 2019 update. To see the medical centers’ full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.