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University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro Earns an "A" in Patient Safety

May 9, 2013

University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP) has earned an "A" for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits.

The top grade was awarded as part of The Leapfrog Group's Hospital Safety Score, which is calculated and published twice a year based on preventable medical errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. UMCPP has earned all "A" grades since the scores were first released in June 2012.

"To be recognized again for the safety of our clinical care demonstrates the values that exist here," said Barry S. Rabner, President and CEO of Princeton HealthCare System, which includes UMCPP. "From our Board and senior management to our excellent medical staff and Magnet-recognized nurses, there is an organizational commitment to patient safety that has been repeatedly affirmed by independent experts such as The Leapfrog Group."

Calculated under the guidance of The Leapfrog Group's nine-member Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 26 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single score representing a hospital's overall capacity to keep patients safe from infections, injuries, and medical and medication errors. The Hospital Safety Score is the only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety.

 
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.

About Princeton HealthCare System
Princeton HealthCare System is a comprehensive, integrated healthcare system that strives to anticipate and serve the lifelong needs of central New Jersey residents, including acute care hospital services through University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro, behavioral healthcare through Princeton House Behavioral Health, rehabilitation, home care, hospice care, ambulatory surgery, a primary and specialty medical practice, and fitness and wellness services. For more information, visit www.princetonhcs.org.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andy Williams, (609) 252-8785
anwilliams@princetonhcs.org