University Medical Center at Princeton Ranked Number One in New Jersey for Quality, Patient Safety

May 5, 2011


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Jim Albano, Vice President, Healthcare Services for Horizon BCBSNJ (left), presents the $250,000 Horizon Hospital Recognition Award to Barry S. Rabner, President and CEO, Princeton HealthCare System, and Linda Sieglen, MD, Senior Vice President of Medical Affairs, Princeton HealthCare System. In the background is the new University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, a 231-bed hospital scheduled to open in Spring 2012.

PRINCETON, N.J. - The Leapfrog Hospital Survey, recognized nationally as the gold standard for comparing hospital performance through a voluntary assessment, shows that University Medical Center at Princeton scored highest for quality and patient safety standards among New Jersey hospitals in 2010, a ranking that merited a $250,000 recognition award from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

The $250,000 bonus, offered via Horizon BCBSNJ's Hospital Recognition Program, was earned through the results of an annual survey by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition working to improve the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare. UMCP was named a Top Hospital by The Leapfrog Group in 2008, 2009, and 2010. It is the only New Jersey hospital to earn that designation three years in a row.

"This award is especially gratifying because we are being recognized for patient safety and quality of care," said Barry S. Rabner, President and CEO of Princeton HealthCare System, a comprehensive healthcare system that includes UMCP. "As I meet people throughout our system, I am consistently impressed with their passion for the quality of care that we provide. Earning Top Hospital three years in a row, and ranking the best in the state this year, is evidence of that passion and of the skill and dedication of our entire staff."

Horizon BCBSNJ initiated the Hospital Recognition Program in 2006 to promote safe, high-quality and effective hospital care. For the first three years, hospitals participated either through the Leapfrog Survey or a similar program created by Horizon BCBSNJ. Since 2010, hospitals participate exclusively in the hospital recognition program by completing the Leapfrog Survey. For more information, visit

The Leapfrog Group conducts a voluntary survey each year to measure hospitals' performance in crucial areas of patient safety, quality of care, and efficiency. The efficiency standard incorporates patient outcomes, length of stay, readmission rates, and incidence of hospital-acquired conditions and infections.

A leading teaching hospital for more than three decades, UMCP is a University Hospital Affiliate of UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, a Clinical Research Affiliate of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and a partner of 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, which also includes Princeton House Behavioral Health, Princeton Rehabilitation Services, Princeton HomeCare Services and University Medical Center at Princeton Surgical Center. PHCS is building a replacement hospital in Plainsboro, about 2.5 miles from the center of Princeton. The new, 231-bed hospital - University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro - is scheduled to open in Spring 2012.