RWJ Hamilton Earns an “A” in Patient Safety by Hospital Safety Score
For the second time this year, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Hamilton (RWJ Hamilton) was honored with an "A" grade from The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), in its Fall 2013 update to the Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from accidents, errors, injuries and infections.
The Hospital Safety Score is compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading experts on patient safety and is administered by Leapfrog, 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.
In addition to RWJ Hamilton’s top safety score, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway were also recognized with “A” Hospital Safety Scores.
“RWJ Hamilton’s physicians, nurses, and staff are committed to providing the communities we serve with safe, high quality, patient care,” says Skip Cimino, president & CEO of RWJ Hamilton. “Whether it’s a hospital-wide initiative to curb falls through patient education or following best practices and protocols for stroke care, safety and quality have always been top priorities for RWJ Hamilton.”
“Earning an ‘A’ on the Hospital Safety Score demonstrates that this hospital has exhibited excellence in our national database of patient safety measures,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “I’d like to congratulate RWJ Hamilton for their achievements and encourage them to continue to put a priority on the safety of their patients.”
To see RWJ Hamilton’s scores as they compare locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which provides information on how the public can protect themselves and loved ones during a hospital stay.