Twice a year, the healthcare watchdog The Leapfrog Group reports letter grades for thousands of hospitals nationwide based on errors, accidents, infections, and other factors.
In New Jersey — which has had robust participation in the nonprofit’s survey — 68 hospitals were graded and 30 were awarded an “A”, the highest ranking available. Nationwide, of the 2,632 hospitals that submitted data, 832 earned the top grade.
That places the Garden State at 11th nationwide for the percentage of “A”-rated hospitals in the fall 2017 rankings, up from 15th this spring. Individual hospital scores can be found in the chart.
Several New Jersey health systems continued their high performance: Inspira Health Network, Jefferson Health (formerly Kennedy Health System), and Virtua Health System, all of which have maintained “A” grades at each of their hospitals for at least the past three rounds.
In addition, three hospitals (Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and two RWJBarnabas Health hospitals: Jersey City Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center) maintained their straight “A” status, maintaining the highest grade since its inception in 2012.
A handful of hospitals have not fared as well. Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center, an embattled facility that is in the process of being sold, slipped from a “C” rating to a “D” in the latest survey, as did Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Elizabeth.
University Hospital, in Newark, has received a “D” rating for the past three seasons and received a “C” during the other surveys, dating back to 2014.
No New Jersey facilities received an F grade.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade is calculated by top patient-safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent, and free to the public. It is updated every six months, once in the fall and once in the spring.