How safe is your local hospital?
An updated study that assigns letter grades to every hospital in the Garden State finds that Jersey’s hospitals have the sixth-highest number of A-rated hospitals of any state in the country, but Katie Stewart, the Leapfrog Group’s director of health assessments, said nah Roughly 25% of Garden State hospitals receive a C or D grade.
She said while 33 hospitals in Jersey were given an A grade and 20 a B grade, 14 Jersey hospitals were given a C grade and 3 a D grade based on “up to 30 measures specifically focused on safety, so the Prevention of accidents, errors, injuries and damage.”
No hospital in Jersey has an F. Scroll down to see the C and D hospitals.
Factors in Classification
She said part of the grade is based on “staffing your ICU with physicians critically trained in critical care medicine or patient experience metrics that are directly related and consistent with improved patient safety.”
Stewart noted that half of safety grades are determined based on patient safety, e.g. B. avoidance of medication errors and patient outcomes, which include cases of trauma and infection.
New Jersey hospitals that received a C grade as of Fall 2022 include:
Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck
Care Point Health-Christ Hospital, Jersey City
St Francis Medical Center of Trenton, Trenton
Care Point Health-Bayonne Medical Centre, Bayonne
Trinitas Regional Medical Center RWJBH, Elizabeth
Virtua Hospital of Our Lady of Lourdes, Camden
Carepoint Health – Hoboken University Medical Center, Hoboken
Shore Medical Center, Somers Point
Hackensack Meridian Mountainside Medical Center, brick
St Clare’s Hospital of Dover, Dover
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Centre, Livingston
Centra State Medical Center, Freehold
Hackensack Meridian Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin
University Hospital, Newark
New Jersey hospitals that received a D grade as of Fall 2022 include:
St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson
CareWell Health Medical Center, formerly East Orange General Hospital, East Orange
St. Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center, Wayne
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Impact of the pandemic on ratings
Stewart noted that the ratings are based in part on “truly comparing each hospital’s performance based on how they compare to other hospitals nationally that received a grade in this round.”
She said that due to the pandemic, Leapfrog is “seeing worse performance on some metrics, particularly infections, as well as things like patient experience.”
How will the information be used?
Stewart said the hope is that New Jerseyers will “take a look at the various metrics and see how, when you decide on a particular procedure, how is this hospital doing with surgery, for example.”
“We want this information to be available to patients, consumers or families, as well as purchasers purchasing medical supplies for their employees or directing care for their employees.”
When asked to comment on the report, Tom Scott, CentraState’s President and CEO, said, “As a high reliability organization, it has magnet status for excellence in nursing. CentraState conducts continuous, rigorous reviews of quality and safety measures to ensure physicians, nurses and staff provide excellent care to all patients.”
“The current Leapfrog scores reflect data from 2018 and 2019, in which the most heavily weighted portion of the survey included pressure ulcers. Since then we have applied several clinical protocols related to this measure which have shown great improvement and which we expect will be reflected in future grades once the older data cycles are turned off.”
A statement from Hackensack Meridian Health said: “The health and safety of our patients is our top priority. As with any hospital ranking, many factors are considered. Unfortunately, the data in this report is based on historical data and does not reflect current results or patient experiences at Southern Ocean Medical Center.”
A statement from Mountainside Medical Center said the facility is “committed to providing safe, quality care to our community. We fully support transparency around hospital quality data and our team remains focused on continually improving the quality and safety of patient care.”
A statement from Trinitas Regional Medical Center said: “As a newly integrated hospital of RWJBarnabas Health, we have already begun a journey to becoming a High Reliability Organization that will help us continue to improve our quality and safety. We are confident that we are moving in the right direction.”
David Matthau is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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