Holy Name Medical Center is one of the Top General hospitals in the U.S. and one of the four best in New Jersey – the only one selected in Bergen, Morris, Passaic and Hudson counties – for safer and higher quality patient care. The rankings were released Tuesday by The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit national leader and advocate in hospital transparency.
The Leapfrog Top General Hospital award is given to medical centers that have better systems in place to prevent medical errors, provide higher quality maternity care and high–risk procedures, and lower readmission rates. The chosen hospitals must have received an "A" in the latest round of Leapfrog's hospital safety scoring and have done well in the federal government's star ratings. Holy Name was the only Bergen County hospital to receive 4 stars from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
"Patient safety and providing the best possible care has always been our focus and we're pleased to see that our efforts have been recognized," said Michael Maron, President and CEO of Holy Name. "Our patient–centric care is the cornerstone of all our specialized services and is one of the reasons Holy Name has been able to remain an independent hospital."
Leapfrog scores are based on a review of several key areas in more than 1,800 hospitals nationwide, including, among other criteria, physician staffing in intensive care units, computerized medication orders, and implementation of a policy to handle Never Events. These mistakes encompass anything that should never happen in a medical center, for example, surgery on the wrong limb or patient, leaving a foreign object in the body or using contaminated instruments.
"Being acknowledged as a Top Hospital is an incredible feat achieved by less than three percent of hospitals nationwide," said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. "Providing this level of care to patients requires motivation and drive from every team member."
Leapfrog recognizes hospitals in four categories: Top General, Top Teaching, Top Rural and Top Urban. In addition to Holy Name, Inspira Medical Center Woodbury, Kennedy University Hospital – Stratford and Shore Medical Center were also selected as Top General Hospitals in New Jersey.
Michael Maron received the hospital's award from Leapfrog on Tuesday. Linda Schwimmer, CEO of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute and the state's representative for the Leapfrog Group, delivered the prestigious award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C.