November 8, 2019 | Number of The Day
Percentage of participating NJ hospitals that received an A in hospital safety survey

Of the New Jersey hospitals that participated in Leapfrog’s Fall 2019 Hospital Safety survey, 45% scored an A. More than half (55%) received an A or B.

New Jersey has the highest rate of hospital participation in the survey of any state, with 69 of the state’s 72 acute care facilities submitting data to the nonprofit watchdog. But while the Garden State also had the highest percentage of A grades in the fall of 2018, it has since fallen to eighth nationwide on this measure.

Of the 69 hospitals participating, 31 got A’s, 24 scored B’s, 12 achieved a C rating, and two got Ds: University Hospital in Newark and East Orange General Hospital, both of which have struggled with financial and operational challenges in recent years. No New Jersey hospitals received a failing grade.

“Once again, we’re pleased that every acute care hospital in our state has participated in the survey. That shows an exceptional commitment to safety and transparency,” said Linda Schwimmer, president and CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, the regional leader for Leapfrog. “Yet the latest survey also shows that concerns remain about some poorly rated hospitals — and we hope the low safety scores will galvanize their hospital leaders to commit to the difficult work needed to improve and sustain quality and safety.”