UMCP Rated a Top Hospital for Patient Safety

Dec 3, 2009

PRINCETON, NJ (Dec. 3, 2009) -- For the second straight year, University Medical Center at Princeton (UMCP) was recognized as one of the nation's Top Hospitals by the Leapfrog Group, a partnership of major employers and other large healthcare purchasers dedicated to improving the safety, quality and affordability of healthcare.  

UMCP is one of only 37 acute care hospitals nationwide to earn the designation of Top Hospital, which recognizes hospitals that, according to the Leapfrog Group, "deliver the best quality care in the nation while attaining the highest levels of efficiency."

"We are very gratified to earn this distinction again, because it recognizes excellence in patient safety and quality of care, which are our top priorities," said UMCP President Mark Jones.

The Leapfrog Group was created to help reduce preventable medical mistakes by encouraging hospitals to adopt three patient safety standards:

  • Use of a computerized prescription ordering system (known as computer physician order entry or CPOE) to replace physicians' handwritten notes;
  • Selection of hospitals with the best results or extensive experience for select high-risk conditions and procedures (known as evidence-based hospital referral); and
  • Staffing Intensive Care Units (ICUs) with specialists trained in critical care.

This year, the Top Hospital designees were also required to score in the top 10 percent of a new efficiency standard that measures both quality and use of resources. The standard incorporates patient outcomes, length of stay, readmission rates, and incidence of hospital-acquired conditions and infections.

More than 1,200 hospitals in 38 regions of the country responded to the Leapfrog Survey. Those hospitals account for about one-half of all the hospital beds in the nation. The survey is the only national public comparison of hospitals on key issues such as mortality rates for certain common procedures, infection rates, safety practices, and measures of efficiency.

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 and 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.