Hunterdon Healthcare was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score® by The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The Hospital Safety Score® was calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel using publicly available data on patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections. U.S. hospitals were assigned an A, B, C, D, or F for their safety.
“The entire workforce of the nearly 3,000 caregivers who represent Hunterdon Healthcare places patient safety first and foremost in their performance every day. Our A rating represents a commitment to quality healthcare outcomes that meet not just our standards, but national ones,” stated Robert Wise, CEO and President of Hunterdon Healthcare.
Hunterdon Healthcare has many excellent patient safety programs in place to ensure safe care for all patients. Just a few examples are: Measuring our safety culture annually which assures employees of Hunterdon Healthcare deliver care in a safe environment for patients, using a Surgical Safety Checklist, as recommended by the World Health Organization, to ensure “right patient, right side, right surgery”100% of the time, following all the National Patient Safety Goals, preventing infections, team skills training to improve communication among caregivers, which includes briefings and debriefings before and after procedures and safe medication technology to prevent medication errors.
Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group’s nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 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.
“It’s The Leapfrog Group’s goal to give patients the information they need and deserve before even entering a hospital,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “We congratulate all the hospitals that earned an ‘A’ and we look forward to the day when all hospitals in the U.S. will earn the highest scores for putting patient safety first.”
To see Hunterdon Healthcare’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.