Safety strategies at Englewood Hospital include creating more single-occupancy private rooms, which prevent the spread of infection, said Kathleen Kaminsky, the hospital’s chief population health officer.
Recruiting top talent to work at the hospital is also key, she said. So is “having a culture that encourages staff to speak freely, to speak up and raise issues in real time…We are constantly measuring how our staff feel.”
The breakdown: How N.J. hospitals scored
The A Team
These hospitals received the top grade in the Fall 2017 survey
* Bayshore Medical Center, Holmdel;
* Capital Health Regional Medical Center, Trenton;
* Carepoint-Christ Hospital, Jersey City;
* Carepoint-Bayonne Medical Center;
* Carepoint Hoboken Medical Center;
* Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville;
* Englewood Hospital and Medical Center;
* Hackensack University Medical Center;
* Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck;
* Inspira Medical Center, Elmer;
* Inspira Medical Center in Vineland;
* Inspira Medical Center in Woodbury;
* Jersey City Medical Center;
* Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital (formerly Kennedy University Hospital – Cherry Hill);
* Jefferson Stratford Hospital (formerly Kennedy Hospital- Stratford);
* Jefferson Washington Township Hospital (formerly Kennedy University Hospital – Washington Twp);
* Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch;
* Morristown Medical Center;
* Newton Medical Center;
* Riverview Medical Center, Red Bank;
* RWJBarnabas Hospital – Hamilton;
* RWJBarnabas Hospital – Somerset
* RWJ Barnabas, Livingston;
* St. Peter’s University Hospital, New Brunswick;
* Shore Medical Center, Somers Point;
* Southern Ocean Medical Center, Manahawkin;
* Valley Hospital, Ridgewood;
* Virtua Hospital, Marlton;
* Virtua Memorial Hospital, Mount Holly;
* Virtua Hospital, Voorhees.
Near the top
There are 15 hospitals that scored a B:
* Atlantic Regional Medical Center, Atlantic City;
* Atlantic Regional Medical Center, Pomona;
* Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape May Courthouse;
* Capital Health Medical Center, Hopewell;
* CentraState, Freehold;
* Community Medical Center, Toms River;
* Hackensack University Medical Center at Pascack Valley, Westwood;
* Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington;
* Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Neptune;
* Memorial Hospital of Salem County, Salem;
* Ocean Medical Center, Brick;
* Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden;
* Overlook Medical Center, Summit;
* Raritan Bay Medical Center, Old Bridge;
* University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro.
In the middle
There are 20 hospitals that earned a C:
* Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains;
* Cooper University Hospital, Camden;
* Hackensack University Medical Center-Mountainside;
* Hackensack University Medical Centers-Palisades, North Bergen;
* Hackettstown Regional Medical Center;
* JFK Medical Center, Edison;
* Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County, Willingboro;
* Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus, Lakewood;
* Newark Beth Israel Medical Center;
* Raritan Bay Medical Center, Perth Amboy;
* Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center, New Brunswick;
* Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center, Rahway;
* St. Clare’s Hospital, Danville;
* St. Clare’s Hospital, Dover;
* St. Francis Medical Center, Trenton;
* St. Michael’s Medical Center, Newark;
* St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson;
* St. Joseph’s Wayne Hospital;
* St. Luke’s Warren Campus, Phillipsburg;
* St. Mary’s General Hospital in Passaic.
Just getting by
No New Jersey hospital failed Leapfrog’s safety test.
These three earned a D:
* Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, Secaucus;
* Trinitas Regional Medical Center, Elizabeth;
* University Hospital, Newark.
Only 15 hospitals in the nation scored an F, according to the report.
How N.J. stacked up to the rest of the country
Leapfrog graded 2,632 hospitals for this report.
Just 59 have earned straight-A’s since 2012, with three located in the Garden State.
Rhode Island, Maine, Hawaii, Idaho and Virginia ranked in the top five, while North Dakota, Washington D.C., Delaware, with no institutions earning an A, were tied for last.
“Errors and infections in hospitals are the third leading cause of death in America, and people deserve to know which of their hospitals are best at preventing them,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.