Saint Peter's earns an ‘A’ in Leapfrog hospital safety score

October 28, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Saint Peter’s University Hospital has earned an “A” grade in the Fall 2015 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections, it was announced today. The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is administered by The Leapfrog Group, an independent industry watchdog. The first and only hospital safety rating to be analyzed in the peer-reviewed Journal of Patient Safety, the score is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.

“This measure of excellence represents the commitment all of us at Saint Peter’s have to the patients and families we serve,” said Ronald C. Rak, JD, CEO of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “We are dedicated to Leapfrog’s highest values and I commend our wonderful staff.”

“Our ‘A’ grade for patient safety is a reflection of all the best practices provided by everyone who works at Saint Peter’s,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, president of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “Our employees deserve enormous credit for this achievement, reaffirming once again that Saint Peter’s is among the safest hospitals in New Jersey and in the nation.”

Saint Peter’s was the only hospital in New Brunswick and one of only two hospitals in Middlesex County to receive an “A” safety grade from Leapfrog. Less than half of N.J. hospitals received an “A” safety grade. Nationally, 31 percent of hospitals scored an “A,” 29 percent scored a “B,” 34 percent scored a “C,” 5 percent scored a “D,” and less than 1 percent scored an “F.” Those scores show that many hospitals have made only incremental progress in addressing errors, accidents, injuries and infections that cause increased morbidity or mortality to patients.

Saint Peter’s ranked highly in the following areas: structures and systems; culture measurement, feedback, and intervention; teamwork training and skill building; identification, mitigation of risks and hazards; nursing workforce; medication reconciliation; hand hygiene, and care of the ventilated patient. “Our ‘A’ grade was also a result of our sustained efforts in physician staffing, National Quality Forum (NQF) safe practices, and our surgical care improvement projects,” said Joan Gleason Scott, PhD, RN, assistant vice president of Quality & Safety Management.

To see Saint Peter’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and their loved ones, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at Local hospitals’ scores are also available on the free mobile app, available at

Calculated under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” score representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm. More than 2,500 general U.S. hospitals were assigned scores this fall. A full analysis of the data and methodology used is available on the Hospital Safety Score website.

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