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Focused on Patient Safety, Hunterdon Medical Center Earns an “A” Safety Grade from Leapfrog Group

May 4, 2020


Hunterdon Medical Center was honored with an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington D.C.-based organization aiming to improve health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.

In the five overall categories, Hunterdon Medical Center achieved Best Hospital Scores in four areas including Problems After Surgery, Practices to Prevent Errors, Safety Problems, and Doctors, Nurses & Hospital Staff. They achieved Above Average Scores in the area of Infections. This year’s rating demonstrates an improvement over last fall’s “B” grade.

“The entire workforce of the nearly 3,000 caregivers who represent Hunterdon Healthcare places patient safety first and foremost in their performance every day. Our “A” rating represents a commitment to patient safety and quality healthcare outcomes that meet not just our standards, but national ones,” stated Patrick Gavin, President, and CEO of Hunterdon Healthcare. “We will continue to strive to be among the best and safest hospitals in the nation because our patients and our community deserve the best and safest care.”

Developed under the guidance of an Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D, and F grades to approximately 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public.

“Our goal is to inform patients about local hospitals with the best safety measures in place and the strongest records,” said Leah Binder, President, and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Every hospital can earn an ‘A’ grade, and we’re proud of the hospitals that are committed to making an effort to protect patients from harm.”

About Hunterdon Healthcare

Hunterdon Healthcare is committed to providing a full range of preventive, diagnostic and therapeutic inpatient and outpatient hospital and community health services that respond to the needs of northwest New Jersey. Hunterdon Medical Center, the flagship of Hunterdon Healthcare is a non-profit 178-bed teaching hospital located in Flemington, New Jersey.

About The Leapfrog Group

Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.




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