RIDGEWOOD, NJ, -- For the eighth time, The Valley Hospital has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an ‘A’ grade in the Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score , which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.
Valley was one of 798 hospitals to receive an A, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States. More than 2,500 hospitals nationwide received Hospital Safety Scores of A, B, C, D, or F based on how well they protect patients accidents, errors, injuries and infections. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score includes five measures of patient-reported experience with the hospital as well as two of the most common infections, C.diff and MRSA. The Hospital Safety Score report was released today by The Leapfrog Group , an independent, national not-for-profit organization of employer purchasers of health care.
“We are pleased and proud to receive an ‘A’ for patient safety,” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System. “This top grade is a reflection and a result of our longstanding focus on and commitment to patient safety and quality care.”
“Avoidable deaths in hospitals should be the number one concern of our health care leaders. Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ from Leapfrog are leaders in saving lives, and we commend them and urge their continued vigilance,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group.
To see Valley’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, the Safety Score's website or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook . Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices.