Robert Wood Johnson Health System Hospitals Earn “A” Hospital Safety Scores

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NEW BRUNSWICK- All Robert Wood Johnson Health System acute care hospitals have earned “A” Hospital Safety scores from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

RWJ Health System is the only multi-hospital health system in the region to have all of its members, which include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Hamilton and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Rahway, record this success. As a pediatric inpatient rehabilitation facility, RWJ Health System member Children’s Specialized Hospital is not surveyed by the Leapfrog Group.

The “A” score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety Score, which grades U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety (April 2013), the Hospital Safety Score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“Robert Wood Johnson Health System places a strong emphasis on quality and patient safety and we are proud that every hospital within our system received an “A” grade and that the results of this most recent Leapfrog Hospital Safety Survey reflect our team’s diligent efforts in these areas across our entire health system,” says Stephen K. Jones, President and Chief Executive Officer of Robert Wood Johnson Health System. “As New Jersey’s premier health system and the only multi-hospital health system in the region to have all of its member record this success, RWJ remains committed to serving as a leader that encourages both transparency and the sharing of best practices to improve patient safety and the quality of health care services delivered by our state’s hospitals.”

“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that a hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” adds Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.

To view scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.

Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s eight-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The panel includes: John Birkmeyer (University of Michigan), Ashish Jha (Harvard University), Arnold Millstein (Stanford University), Peter Pronovost (Johns Hopkins University), Patrick Romano (University of California, Davis), Sara Singer (Harvard University), Tim Vogus (Vanderbilt University), and Robert Wachter (University of California, San Francisco).


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