Saint Michael’s Medical Center in Newark has been awarded an A for
the second consecutive period in the latest Leapfrog
Hospital Safety Grade report card.
The Spring 2019 designation recognizes Saint Michael’s efforts in
protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
Saint Michael’s is one of 832 hospitals across the United States
awarded an A by the Leapfrog Group, a national organization committed
to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.
“Earning an A for two consecutive periods from a reputable ratings
organization like Leapfrog demonstrates just how committed we are to patient
safety at Saint Michael’s,” said CEO Robert Iannaccone. “This
award would not be possible without the full buy-in from our employees
and medical staff, who deserve the credit for putting patient safety first.”
Leapfrog assigns an A, B, C, D or F Hospital Safety Grade to hospitals
based on their performance in preventing accidents, injuries and errors
“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an
accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah
Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that
earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients
from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders,
board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn
The second consecutive A from Leapfrog is just the latest indication that
Saint Michael’s has made a full recovery from the Spring of 2016,
when it received an F from the Leapfrog report card.
At the time, the hospital had been just purchased out of bankruptcy protection
by Prime Healthcare, a national healthcare system well-known for operating
hospitals with some of the highest safety standards in the country.
Because of the precarious financial condition of Saint Michael’s
prior to the sale to Prime Healthcare, the previous owners of Saint Michael’s
stopped submitting surveys to Leapfrog Group, which resulted in the failing grade.
Under Prime Healthcare’s ownership, Saint Michael’s had the
resources needed to achieve a new level of intense focus on patient quality
On Tuesday, Saint Michael’s announced it was the only hospital in
Newark to receive the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence Award from Healthgrades,
which recognizes excellence in clinical care that leads to fewer complications
and better patient outcomes.
Saint Michael’s is the only hospital in Newark and one of only six
in New Jersey to receive an overall five-star rating from the Centers
for Medicare & Medicaid Services in the federal agency’s latest
hospital performance report released in March.
Developed under the guidance of a
national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available
hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care
hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology
is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see Saint Michael’s full grade details, and to access patient
tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit