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UMCP Named a Top Hospital for Safety, Quality of Care

Dec 1, 2010
For the third consecutive year, University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) was recognized as one of the nation’s Top Hospitals by The Leapfrog Group, a coalition working to improve the safety, quality and affordability of health care.

UMCP is one of only 58 acute care hospitals nationwide to earn the designation of Top Hospital, which denotes excellence in patient safety and quality of care. Leapfrog’s annual list of Top Hospitals typically includes some of the most recognizable and respected names in health care. Other Top Hospitals on this year’s list include Mayo Clinic hospitals in Minnesota, Arizona, and Florida; Cleveland Clinic Florida; Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Mass., a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School; and Stanford Hospital and Clinics in California.

To earn the Top Hospital designation, UMCP met Leapfrog standards for preventing medication errors; staffing the ICU; and performing complex, high-risk procedures. UMCP is the only New Jersey hospital to receive Top Hospital designation for three years in a row.

“Earning this recognition three years in a row is evidence of the dedication and skill of our medical staff and employees,” said UMCP President Mark Jones. “We are committed to patient safety and providing exceptional care, and The Leapfrog Group consistently ranks us among the nation’s top hospitals in those areas.”

The Leapfrog Group, based in Washington, D.C., is a partnership of major private and public employers and other large purchasers of health coverage. Since 2001, Leapfrog has conducted an annual voluntary survey used to measure hospitals’ performance in crucial areas of patient safety and quality.

For the past two years, hospitals also were evaluated on efficiency, a measure that takes into account both quality of care and the use of resources. The standard incorporates patient outcomes, length of stay, readmission rates, and incidence of hospital-acquired conditions and infections.

Nearly 1,200 hospitals -- accounting for about half of the hospital beds nationwide -- responded to the survey. For more information, visit www.leapfroggroup.org.

A leading teaching hospital for more than three decades, UMCP is a University Hospital Affiliate of the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a Clinical Research Affiliate of The Cancer Center Institute of New Jersey, and a partner of The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia through CHOP Pediatric Care at UMCP and CHOP Newborn Care at UMCP.

UMCP is a unit of Princeton HealthCare System, a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of Central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services, behavioral healthcare, acute rehabilitation, skilled nursing, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, and fitness and wellness services.