patient safety

Congratulations to staff members and physicians at Princeton Medical Center (PMC), which has earned another “A” in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit organization that works to promote safety, quality and value in healthcare.

The letter grade was announced November 7 in the Fall 2019 edition of the Hospital Safety Grade, a comprehensive, peer-reviewed rating developed by The Leapfrog Group to evaluate 2,600 hospitals nationwide on how well they protect patients from preventable errors, injuries and infections. The Leapfrog Group publishes the safety grades twice a year.

PMC has earned four A’s in a row and a total of 12 since the grades were first published seven years ago.

“The Leapfrog Group’s ratings are objective and comprehensive, and it takes a complete team effort to earn an A,” said Barry S. Rabner, President and CEO of Penn Medicine Princeton Health, which includes PMC. “Earning four consecutive A’s is quite an accomplishment for our physicians and staff, and it helps to reassure our patients and their loved ones about the safety and quality of care we provide.”

The safety grades account for hospital-acquired infections, surgical errors, and patient falls, as well as process measures that promote patient safety such as nurse staffing levels, how medications are ordered and administered, and whether specially trained physicians care for patients in the ICU/CCU. The analysis also includes patient survey results regarding the responsiveness of hospital staff, the quality of communication with doctors and nurses, and communication about medications and discharge.

In addition to its A grade from The Leapfrog Group, PMC has been recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News & World Report for five years in a row.

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