NEWARK, NJ – April 30, 2020 – Saint Michael’s Medical
Center was awarded an ‘A’ in the spring 2020
Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing the hospital’s achievements
providing safer health care.
It is the fourth period in a row that Saint Michael’s was awarded
an A from Leapfrog.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed
to health care quality and safety. The Safety Grade is a letter grade
assigned to all general hospitals across the country and updated every
six months, assessing how well the hospital prevents medical errors and
other harms to patients.
“While this viral pandemic has challenged our hospital in many ways
and forced us to adopt new procedures and routines, the one constant that
remains is patient safety,” said Dr. Claudia Komer, the chief medical
officer of Saint Michael’s. “Leapfrog’s recognition
of Saint Michael’s is a testament to the commitment of our employees,
our medical staff and our leadership to patient safety.”
Developed under the guidance of a
national Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 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.
“As the Nation copes with a challenging pandemic, our gratitude extends
to hospital leadership and health care workers everywhere for their tremendous
dedication,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog
Group. “We hope this ‘A’ helps to thank the people who
work and volunteer for Saint Michael’s Medical Center. They are
role models in putting patients first, and their service has been extraordinary
in our country’s time of need.”
To see Saint Michael’s full grade details and access patient tips
for staying safe in the hospital, visit
hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on
Saint Michael’s is also a recipient of the 2019 Patient Safety Excellence
Award from Healthgrades, the leading online resource for information about
physicians and hospitals, which placed the hospital in the top 10 percent
of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as
evaluated by Healthgrades. The award recognizes excellence in clinical
care that leads to fewer complications and better patient outcomes.