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HackensackUMC Receives Highest Grade in Patient Safety from The Leapfrog Group



Hackensack University Medical Center is proud to announce that it has received the highest-possible safety score, an “A” grade, from The Leapfrog Group’s inaugural Hospital Safety Score initiative.

“We are honored to receive this A grade safety score from The Leapfrog Group,” said Robert C. Garrett, president and chief executive officer of HackensackUMC. “We have worked hard to build a culture of innovation and creativity while providing the highest level of clinical care possible, and being recognized for our patient safety and quality is a rewarding reflection of our work. I would like to thank The Leapfrog Group for their continued commitment to healthcare excellence, as well as the entire team at HackensackUMC for their dedication to our patients.”

The Leapfrog Group is a national non-profit organization of employers and other purchasers of healthcare committed to encouraging safer, higher-quality healthcare. They recently launched the Hospital Safety Score initiative as a way to publicly report on patient safety in national hospitals. The Leapfrog Group surveyed more than 2,600 general hospitals, and based their scoring system on 26 evidence-based national measures of hospital safety. Safety scores were then calculated under the guidance of a nine-member Leapfrog Blue Ribbon Expert Panel on the Hospital Safety Score, comprised of patient safety experts from across the country.

HackensackUMC is one of four New Jersey hospitals to attain an A grade from The Leapfrog Group and the medical center would like to congratulate them as well: University Medical Center at Princeton, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and The Valley Hospital.

About Hackensack University Medical Center
HackensackUMC, a non-profit teaching and research hospital located in Bergen County, New Jersey, is the largest provider of inpatient and outpatient services in the state, and home to the only Level II Trauma Center in the county. This 775-bed facility has gone beyond traditional thinking by creating an entire campus of care, including: the Heart & Vascular Hospital, the John Theurer Cancer Center, the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital, and the Donna A. Sanzari Women’s Hospital. As a result of using science and creativity to push medicine further, HackensackUMC has been named one of the Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals® and one of America's 50 Best Hospitals by HealthGrades®. It is listed among the Leapfrog Top Hospitals List, received 17 Gold Seals of Approval™ by the Joint Commission,  is ranked in Cancer, Cardiology and Heart Surgery, and Geriatrics by U.S. News and World Report's "2011-12 Best Hospitals" list, is ranked in eight specialties on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals Metro Area Top 10,” is listed as one of the 50 Best Hospitals in America by Becker’s Hospital Review, and is a Magnet® recognized hospital for nursing excellence, the first hospital in New Jersey and second in the nation. The medical center is the hometown hospital of the New York Giants and the New Jersey Nets, and remains committed to its community through fundraising and community events. To learn more about one of the nation’s top 50 hospitals, visit:



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