For the third time in a row, Saint Michael’s Medical Center was awarded
an ‘A’ in fall 2019
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements
protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.
“Saint Michael’s is committed to ensuring our patients receive
the highest quality and safest care available,” said Saint Michael’s
CEO Robert Iannaccone, “We are extremely proud to receive national
recognition for our efforts. Every member of our staff deserves credit
for making patient safety and quality a top priority.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization driven
by employers and other purchasers of health care committed to improving
health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers.
The Safety Grade assigns an letter grade to all general hospitals across
the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries,
accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.
“‘A’ hospitals show us their leadership protecting patients
from preventable medical harm and error,” said Leah Binder, president
and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “It takes genuine commitment at every
level – from clinicians to administrators to the board of directors
– and we congratulate the teams who have worked so hard to earn
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.
When Saint Michael’s was purchased by Prime Healthcare in 2016, the
hospital was in bankruptcy and was rated a F from Leapfrog. Under Prime’s
ownership, the 358-bed hospital has turned the corner financially while
investing millions in new clinical equipment and other upgrades.
Saint Michael’s Chief Nursing Officer Nancy Bisco-Flora said Saint
Michael’s benefits through its affiliation with an award-winning
national healthcare provider that shares best practices with its member
“Prime Healthcare provides a platform for its sister hospitals to
continuously engage as one cohesive group,” Bisco-Flora said. “Through
shared collaboration, quality improvement and patient safety initiatives
are discussed and later advanced when we share those results at our hospital.”
Last week, Saint Michael’s was nationally recognized by Healthgrades
as America’s Best 100 hospitals in three clinical specialties: cardiac
care, general surgery and gastroenterology. It is the only hospital in
Essex or Hudson counties to be recognized for three clinical specialties.
Saint Michael’s is also one of six hospitals in New Jersey to be
rated a Five-Star Hospital by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services in February. The rating is based on 100 rigorously tested quality
measures at more than 4,000 Medicare-certified hospitals as well as Veterans
Health Administration and Military Health System hospitals.
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