RAHWAY – Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway was honored with an “A” for patient safety by The LeapFrog Group, an independent national organization run by employees and other large purchasers of health benefits.
Among the state’s 73 hospitals, 23 earned A’s including Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, the state’s academic medical center. Only 729 hospitals nationwide received a grade of “A”.
“We are very pleased with the grade, but we also know that patient safety is a never ending journey,” said Hospital President and CEO Kirk C. Tice. “The entire healthcare team remains focused on making sure the hospital is a safe place for patients, families and employees. That includes using data to drive improvement, analyzing systems for effectiveness and making changes when they are needed.”
Using a formula designed by nine national healthcare safety experts, hospitals were judged in 26 categories of public data that measures patient safety. These include such things as preventing falls, pressure ulcers, infections, and medication errors. The hospitals were then assigned a letter grade for simplicity.
To see RWJ Rahway’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, the Hospital Safety Score website, which also provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.