TEANECK, N.J., April 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Holy Name Medical Center was honored with an "A" grade from The Leapfrog Group (Leapfrog), in its 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.
"This recognition affirms our longstanding commitment to delivering the highest standard of patient care by fostering a culture of safety and quality," said Michael Maron, President/CEO of Holy Name Medical Center. "We credit our outstanding medical, nursing, technical and administrative staff for meeting and exceeding expectations."
"Safety should come first for our families when we pick a hospital, because errors and infections are common and deadly," said Leah Binder, president & CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which produces the Hospital Safety Score. "No hospital is perfect, but we congratulate the Board, clinicians, administration, and staff of Holy Name Medical Center for achieving an "A" and showing us that you made the well-being of your patients your top priority."
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 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in spring 2014, with about 32-percent receiving an "A" grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, and its website offers a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
ABOUT HOLY NAME MEDICAL CENTER:
Holy Name Medical Center is a fully accredited, not-for-profit healthcare facility based in Teaneck, New Jersey, with off-site locations throughout Bergen County. Founded and sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1925, the comprehensive 361-bed medical center offers leading-edge medical practice and technology administered in an environment rooted in a tradition of compassion and respect for every patient. Holy Name provides high quality health care across a continuum that encompasses education, prevention, early intervention, comprehensive treatment options, rehabilitation and wellness maintenance -- from pre-conception through end-of-life.
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