Shore Medical Center in Somers Point received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade.
It is a national distinction recognizing Shore’s achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents and infections, according to a hospital news release.
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to healthcare quality and safety.
The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months.
It is the only hospital ratings program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
“Despite the many challenges brought on by the pandemic, the team at Shore Medical Center remained incredibly focused on providing the highest level of quality and safe care to our patients,” said Valerie DeJoseph, administrative director of Quality, Medical Staff Services and Regulatory. “This prestigious honor reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire staff, leadership team and Board of Trustees.”
Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year.
“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but Shore Medical Center shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.
To see Shore Medical Center’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.