Updated: New Jersey ranks fifth national in sanatorium safety, Leapfrog says

(Editor’s note: This news was updated during 11:50 a.m. with comments from Audrey Meyers of Valley Hospital and Valley Health System.)

New Jersey ranks fifth in a republic on a open 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score, that assigns grades from A to F to some-more than 2,500 hospitals inhabitant on how good they strengthen patients from preventable mistreat such as accidents, injuries and infections.

The Leapfrog Group graded 66 New Jersey strident caring hospitals and 29, or 43.9 percent, got an A for safety. The 4 states with a aloft commission of A-rated hospitals are Maine, Massachusetts, Virginia and Florida.

Nine Jersey hospitals have gotten true As given a twice-yearly Hospital Safety Score began in 2012: Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville; Englewood Hospital and Medical Center; Hackensack University Medical Center; JFK Medical Center in Edison; Jersey City Medical Center; Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; Saint Clare’s Hospital in Denville; Saint Clare’s Hospital in Dover; and Valley Hospital in Ridgewood.

“We are really unapproachable that, for a seventh uninterrupted time, Saint Clare’s hospitals in Denville and Dover have been famous with an A grade,” pronounced Leslie D. Hirsch, arch executive officer during Saint Clare’s Health System. “Patient reserve is always a tip priority, and it is delightful when a tough work and efforts of all a staff are famous during a inhabitant level.”

​“We are gratified and unapproachable to once again accept an ‘A’ for studious safety, and quite unapproachable to be among a name organisation of ‘straight A’s’ hospitals” pronounced Audrey Meyers, arch executive of Valley Hospital and Valley Health System. “This tip class is a thoughtfulness and a outcome of a longstanding concentration on and joining to studious reserve and peculiarity care.”

Another 21 New Jersey hospitals have consistently gotten A’s or B’s given 2012.

The formula were announced by Leapfrog associate New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, and sum are online during a institute’s website, www.njhcqi.org, and during a Leapfrog website, www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

“Hospitals contingency consistently denote their capability to forestall mistreat in sequence to acquire a trust of their patients,” pronounced Linda Schwimmer, clamp boss of a NJHCQI and a member of a Leapfrog board. She pronounced a sanatorium “wants to commend a A hospitals and inspire them to essay for continued commitment and excellence.”

Donna Leusner, mouthpiece for a state Department of Health, said, “New Jersey hospitals are committed to operative to urge reserve and peculiarity and operative with organizations like Leapfrog to share information.”

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She pronounced that, like a department’s peculiarity reports such as a Hospital Performance Report, that is on a department’s website, “The Leapfrog news is a good apparatus for patients to plead with their doctors when they are deliberation elective quadriplegic procedures.”

No sanatorium in New Jersey got an F, and usually one, Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark, got a D. California-based Prime Healthcare has offering to squeeze Saint Michael’s and is accessible a conference by a state Health Planning Board. 

Saint Michael’s mouthpiece Cathy Toscano told NJBIZ that a medical core does not now attend in a Leapfrog consult and that, in some instances, a hospital’s measure reflects out-of-date publically accessible information.

Toscano said: “Once a state approves a sale to Prime Healthcare, we will have some-more resources to control a severe information collection compulsory to finish a survey. Saint Michael’s creates studious reserve a priority and we are committed to providing a tip peculiarity health caring knowledge for a patients.”

New Jersey consecrated a investigate that progressing this year resolved there are over-abundance sanatorium beds in a larger Newark area and endorsed converting 3 of a region’s 5 hospitals, including Saint Michael’s, into ambulatory caring facilities.

Prime says it is committed to appropriation Saint Michael’s and gripping it a full-service hospital. Last year, Prime acquired St. Mary’s Hospital in Passaic and is also seeking state capitulation to acquire a Saint Clare’s Health System in Denville.

Among a 10 New Jersey hospitals that got a C is University Hospital in Newark, that is owned by a state of New Jersey and is a categorical training sanatorium of a Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark.

University Hospital Chief Executive James R. Gonzalez told NJBIZ: “Nothing is some-more critical to University Hospital than a reserve of a patients and a peculiarity of caring we yield to everybody who comes by a doors. We are committed to assuring any studious of a best probable outcome. Our idea is to grasp a really tip turn of approval for a efforts, and a Leapfrog measure is an combined inducement to continue to improve.”

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick perceived a C grade. Spokesman Peter Haigney told NJBIZ that a sanatorium “continues to support efforts to inspire clarity and give people entrance to information that can assistance them improved weigh a peculiarity of caring supposing by a state’s hospitals. Clearly, we are not confident with a formula of any particular rating, as we constantly essay to urge a peculiarity of caring we yield and grasp some-more successful outcomes.”

He pronounced a sanatorium continued to uncover alleviation on several measures evaluated by a report.

“For example, during RWJ New Brunswick, we have accessible a 100 percent boost in a computerized medicine sequence entrance score, from 50 to 100 — ensuring larger correctness of information common among a health providers to broach improved outcomes for a patients. We have also reduced a executive line-associated blood tide infection rates by 23 percent — that dramatically enhances peculiarity and improves studious outcomes — during a many new representation duration evaluated by a Leapfrog Group.”

Haigney said: “We will use a information in this news to benchmark a opening and rise peculiarity alleviation initiatives to residence any areas of need. We expect continued alleviation in peculiarity outcomes for a patients, in partnership with a physicians and sanatorium staff.”

Capital Health’s Trenton medical core got an A, while a Hopewell medical core got a C. Spokeswoman Jayne O’Connor told NJBIZ: “Providing a tip peculiarity caring to a patients is a tip priority during any turn of Capital Health any day of a year. We ceaselessly examination a information and have already done successful changes that are not nonetheless reflected in this rating.”

Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County perceived a C, while Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in Camden got an A. Lourdes mouthpiece Carol Lynn Daly told NJBIZ: “Leapfrog is only one of many accessible sanatorium ‘report cards.’ Nonetheless, a methodology continues to be criticized for an overemphasis on a accessibility of systems, such as computerized medicine sequence entrance (used to allot remedy to patients).”

Daly said: “Like any health caring organization, Lourdes Burlington works to urge a opening any day. This work never stops. We were gratified to be identified by a Joint Commission as a tip performer in pivotal core measures. We have significantly reduced readmissions and have several programs in place to brand patients during risk for readmission to a hospital. We perceived a 5-star rating from Healthgrades for a cadence caring for 2015.”

Betsy Ryan, arch executive of a New Jersey Hospital Association, said: “It’s smashing to see New Jersey hospitals arrange once again in a Top Five nationally in a Hospital Safety Score. It validates a heated concentration a hospitals have placed on peculiarity alleviation and studious safety, by initiatives like a inhabitant Partnership for Patients and peculiarity collaboratives underneath NJHA’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety. That work has been ongoing for some-more than a decade, and it’s ensuing in better, safer sanatorium caring for New Jersey residents.”

Ryan said: “While we’re really unapproachable of a hospitals’ performance, a concentration isn’t on news label rankings, though in a office of top-quality caring and good outcomes for patients. That requires consistent vigilance, open discourse and a enlightenment of alleviation in a hospitals, an intent and empowered sanatorium staff and clarity of results. Those are some of a mixture of a hospitals’ ongoing peculiarity alleviation efforts.”

Ryan pronounced a Hospital Safety Score “is one profitable source of information, though we inspire a open to take advantage of a far-reaching array of health caring information accessible today. That includes rankings and news cards, opening and outcome data, though also recommendation from your alloy or other health caring professionals and good out-of-date word-of-mouth.”

Schwimmer of a New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute said, “We will continue to use a Hospital Safety Score in New Jersey as a apparatus to teach a open while operative with physicians, nurses and other clinicians to urge studious reserve in a community.”

And she pronounced a sanatorium also will use a scores to “work with a employer and client members on contracting, value-based purchasing, advantages pattern and village educational programs to coax reserve improvements in a hospitals.”


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