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Oct. 30, 2014: New Jersey Hospitals Rank Fourth Nationally in Patient Safety

New data released from The Leapfrog Group shows that New Jersey hospitals rank fourth nationally in patient safety, moving up from April’s rank of seventh.

Thirty-five of 67 Garden State hospitals and systems, or 52.23 percent, received a grade of A, up from 30 in the spring 2014 report.

Other top scorers were Maine with 67 percent of hospitals receiving an A; Massachusetts at 63 percent; and Virginia at 52.38.

“New Jersey hospitals have made patient safety a top priority,” said Aline Holmes, RN, DNP, director of NJHA’s Institute for Quality and Patient Safety. “All of New Jersey’s hospitals are part of the nationwide Partnership for Patients effort, which is led by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and is focused on quality and patient safety issues. That work is now in its third year, and I think it has created a very robust, very active culture of safety in our hospitals that is reflected in many ways – not only in reports like this one from the Leapfrog Group, but also in our own findings in the NJHA Institute for Quality and Patient Safety. Our data for 2013 shows that hospitals’ improvements in reducing complications like infections saved an estimated $125 million in healthcare costs and averted 9,206 adverse patient events,”

Additional key findings from the Leapfrog report include:

  • Of the 2,520 hospitals issued a Hospital Safety Score, 790 earned an A, 688 earned a B, 868 earned a C, 148 earned a D and 26 earned an F.
  • On average, hospitals have shown statistically significant improvement on all 15 Hospital Safety Score “process” measures since spring 2014. These measures include hand hygiene, physician staffing in intensive care units and medication reconciliation.
  • Of the Hospital Safety Score’s 13 “outcome” measures, the only significant improvement since spring 2014 was seen in preventing central line-associated bloodstream infections in intensive care units.