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Another "A" in Patient Safety for St. Francis

5/31/2013
St. Francis Awarded an "A" in Patient Safety
 
St. Francis Medical Center was honored with an “A” Hospital Safety Score byThe Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. The A score was awarded in the latest update to the Hospital Safety ScoreSM, the A, B, C, D or F scores assigned to U.S. hospitals based on preventable medical errors, injuries accidents, and infections. The Hospital Safety Score was compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading experts on patient safety and is designed to give the public information they can use to protect themselves and their families.
Earlier this year, Consumer Reports ranked St. Francis as one of the top five hospitals in New Jersey for patient safety and was the only hospital in Mercer County to reach the top ten.   This was the second consecutive time St. Francis ranked in the top ten.
 
 “Patient safety is a primary focus at St. Francis. We provide a safe environment within the hospital, both through our technology and our staff training, which minimizes the chances of an adverse event.” stated Jerry Jablonowski, President/CEO of St. Francis Medical Center. He continued, “We are pleased that The Leapfrog Group was able to once again provide an unbiased ranking that shows how well St. Francis Medical Center takes care of our patients.”
 
The Hospital Safety Score highlights the country’s safest hospitals and warns against those with unacceptable safety records in order to save lives and bring attention to our nation’s silent epidemic of deaths and injuries as a result of medical errors. The Score was peer-reviewed in the April 2013 issue of the Journal of Patient Safety.
 
“We are pleased to see that hospitals are using the Hospital Safety Score to create change, but it is clear that more improvements in patient safety are needed,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “We congratulate the hospitals that have achieved high scores thus far and hope that each hospital, regardless of its previous grade, continues to strive for a rapid reduction in the errors, accidents and injuries that cause unnecessary harm.”
 
Calculated under the guidance of a nine-member Blue Ribbon Panel of patient safety experts, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital’s overall performance in patient safety.
 
To see St. Francis Medical Center’s scores as they compare nationally and locally, visit the Hospital Safety Score website at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org, which also provides information on how the public can minimize their chance of being exposed to medication errors or adverse events while hospitalized.  People can also check their local hospital’s score on the free mobile app, available at www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.
 
 
St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health East/Trinity Inc., is an acute care teaching hospital recently ranked by Consumer Reports in the top five hospitals in NJ for safety and number one in Mercer County. Most noted for its Cardiac Surgery program and the first accredited Stroke Center in the county, St. Francis features regional services including the Heart Hospital, a Regional Cancer Center, a Sleep Disorder Center and an extensive Community Outreach Program. Partners in care include LIFE St. Francis (Living Independently For Elders) and LifeCare Physicians, PC, which includes Primary Care and Surgery throughout the region. 
 
The Leapfrog Group -The Hospital Safety Score is an initiative of The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org), 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.
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