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The August issue of Consumer Reports has an investigative article titled, "How Safe is Your Hospital?" The article focuses on six categories in its safety ratings: infections, readmissions, communication, CT scanning, complications and mortality.
This is the first time that Consumer Reports has rated hospitals for safety. The article provides a ranking by state in the categories of infections, readmissions, communication and scanning. The magazine used data sources, patient and physician interviews, hospital administrators and safety experts. Medical literature was also reviewed, as well as, hospital inspections and investigations.
Some of the data used by Consumer Reports came from the Leapfrog Group ( and Hospital Compare ( The data did not assess how successful hospitals are at treating medical conditions.
St. Francis Medical Center ranked in the top ten hospitals in New Jersey and was the only hospital in Mercer County to reach 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 Consumer Reports was able to provide an unbiased ranking that shows how well St. Francis Medical Center takes care of our patients.”
The full August issue of Consumer Reports can be found at
St. Francis Medical Center, a member of Catholic Health East, is an acute care teaching hospital 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, LIFE St. Francis (Living Independently For Elders), LifeCare Physicians, PC, which includes Primary Care and Surgery throughout the region, a Sleep Disorder Center and an extensive Community Outreach Program. 
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