Voorhees, NJ, April 12, 2017 – For the sixth consecutive time, Kennedy University Hospital’s three acute care facilities – located in Cherry Hill, Stratford, and Washington Township, NJ – have again each been honored with an “A” grade in the National Hospital Safety Grades, which rate how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections.
The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health care system, today released the new 2017 Hospital Safety Grades, which assign A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide. Kennedy is one of 823 U.S. hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections, and accidents that can harm patients.
Kennedy President & CEO Joseph W. Devine, FACHE, said that the 607-bed acute care health system is “extremely proud that all three of our hospitals have been again honored with top grades by The Leapfrog Group,” adding that it is a “tremendous achievement for all members of our team to receive ‘A’ grades six times in a row.”
Dr. David Condoluci, Kennedy’s Senior VP & Patient Safety & Quality Officer, added that the “A” grades in this elite national ratings program “recognizes our continued, strong commitment to patient safety – Kennedy’s top priority as a health care institution.”
According to The Leapfrog Group President & CEO Leah Binder, hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, “have achieved the highest safety standards in the country. That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”
Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.
The Spring 2017 “A” grade Leapfrog Award is the latest in a string of accolades Kennedy has earned for its clinical excellence, including Leapfrog’s Top General Hospital 2016 (Kennedy University Hospital – Stratford) and 2016 National Sepsis Hero (The Sepsis Alliance). Earlier this year, Kennedy was awarded the 2017 Excellence in Quality Improvement Award by the New Jersey Hospital Association (NJHA) for its lifesaving sepsis program.
To see Kennedy University Hospital’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org or follow the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade on Twitter or Facebook. Consumers can also download the free Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade mobile app for Apple and Android devices.
About Kennedy Health
Kennedy is a health services delivery system serving southern New Jersey. Kennedy meets the community’s health care needs at its hospital campuses in Cherry Hill, Stratford and Washington Township, NJ, and at outpatient facilities and medical practices throughout Camden, Gloucester, and Burlington counties. Kennedy has more than 4,800 associates and over 1,000 Medical Staff members. Kennedy is a four-time “Top Workplaces” winner via Philly.com. Kennedy University Hospital is the primary teaching hospital of Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM). Kennedy is also a member of the Jefferson Neuroscience Network (JNN) and the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Network at Jefferson. For more information, visit www.kennedyhealth.org
About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.