Holy Name Medical Center Again Recognized for Patient Safety
Earns an ‘A’ In Hospital Safety Score
Holy Name Medical Center was again awarded the top grade, an "A," from The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog) for its hospital safety score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections. More than 2,639 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in the spring 2017, with only 31 percent receiving an "A" grade. Of the 68 New Jersey acute care hospitals graded, less than 40 percent – 27 hospitals – earned an "A" for safety.
In addition to the latest "A" rating, Holy Name was designated a national LeapFrog Top Hospital in December 2016. This distinction is one of the most prestigious hospital quality awards in the nation and Holy Name is the only Bergen County hospital to achieve this designation.
"Holy Name continues to make patient safety a priority and Leapfrog's designation reinforces the results we've achieved through our efforts," said Michael Maron, President and CEO of Holy Name. "Our patient-centric care is the cornerstone of our services, making us one of the best hospitals in New Jersey."
Leapfrog, an independent industry watchdog, releases its scores in an effort to help people have more information when choosing their healthcare providers. The 30 Safety Score measures include both processes promoting patient safety and outcome measures for infections, falls, injuries and complications. Holy Name achieved perfect scores in all safety processes and above the national mean in 80 percent of outcome measures. The Medical Center also received an "A" in fall 2016 and in nearly every rating period since Leapfrog started the biannual scoring system five years ago.
"When we launched the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade in 2012, our goal was to alert consumers to the hazards involved in a hospital stay and help them choose the safest option. We also hoped to galvanize hospitals to make safety the first priority day in and day out," Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog said in a statement. "So far, we've been pleased with the increase in public awareness and hospitals' commitment to solving this terrible problem. But we need to accelerate the pace of change, because too many people are still getting harmed or killed."