Saint Peter's receives an ‘A’ in hospital safety grade

May 21, 2019

Saint Peter
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – Saint Peter’s University Hospital, member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, received an “A” for the Spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, it was announced today. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade looks at publicly available measures of safety – inpatient injuries, infections, and medical and medication errors.

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, which for nearly 20 years has collected, analyzed, and published hospital data on safety, quality, and resource use. The Hospital Safety Score is available free to the public with the goal of empowering people with the information they need to make better, informed healthcare decisions.
“Receiving an ‘A’ hospital safety grade is a testament to the commitment we have for our patients’ safety,” said Leslie D. Hirsch, FACHE, interim CEO and president of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System. “We are extremely proud of this achievement because it recognizes our clinical teams’ focus on combining best clinical practices with the compassionate and skillful care Saint Peter’s is known to deliver.”

Of more than 2,600 hospitals graded nationally, 32% earned an “A,” 26% earned a “B,” 36% earned a “C,” 6% a “D” and just under 1% an “F”. New Jersey ranked sixth behind the top five states with the highest percentages of “A” hospitals – Oregon, Virginia, Maine, Massachusetts and Utah.
According to The Leapfrog Group, ‘an estimated 160,000 lives are lost annually from the avoidable medical errors that are accounted for in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a significant improvement from 2016, when researchers estimated 205,000 avoidable deaths.’
Leapfrog releases the safety grades every fall and spring. The ratings are based on 28 quality measures compiled by The Leapfrog Group, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the American Hospital Association. Areas of measurement include nurse communication, hand hygiene adherence and surgical site infection rates, among others. The Leapfrog Group’s letter grade scoring system allows consumers to quickly assess the safety of their local hospital and choose the safest hospital to seek care.
To see Saint Peter’s University Hospital’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, and to find safety tips for patients and families, visit the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade website at
 About Saint Peter’s University Hospital
Saint Peter’s University Hospital, a member of Saint Peter’s Healthcare System, is a 478-bed acute-care teaching hospital sponsored by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Metuchen. Saint Peter’s is a state-designated children’s hospital and a regional perinatal center, and is a regional specialist in diabetes, gastroenterology with a specialized Heartburn and Reflux Center, oncology, orthopedics, and women’s services. The Children’s Hospital at Saint Peter’s University Hospital provides families with access to a full range of pediatric specialties, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, pediatric surgery and orthopedic surgery featuring innovative anterior scoliosis correction surgery. The hospital offers a midwifery service and has plans to open a brand-new state-of-the-art Birth Center in Fall 2019. Saint Peter’s is a sponsor of residency programs in obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and internal medicine, and is a major clinical affiliate with Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. Visit or call 732-745-8600.
The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

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