UMCPP Earns Horizon Recognition Award for Quality, Patient Safety

Jul 23, 2012
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) presents a $250,000 Hospital Recognition Award to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Pictured, left to right: Walter H. Dryer, Hospital Account Executive, Horizon BCBSNJ; Robert A. Marino, Chairman and CEO, Horizon BCBSNJ; Barry S. Rabner, President and CEO, Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS); Mark Jones, President, UMCPP; and Linda Sieglen, MD, Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, PHCS.


The quality and safety of clinical care at University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro earned a $250,000 recognition award from Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey.

The financial award was provided under Horizon BCBSNJ's Hospital Recognition Program, which acknowledges network hospitals that demonstrate high quality and safe patient outcomes.

The program results are based on surveys by The Leapfrog Group, a Washington, D.C.-based coalition working to improve the safety, quality and affordability of health care. Earlier this month, The Leapfrog Group gave UMCPP an "A" grade in its first-ever release of Hospital Safety Scores-a new, objective measure based on publicly reported data regarding patient injuries, medical and medication errors, and infections.

"Horizon's recognition reflects the culture of patient safety that exists within our organization," said Barry S. Rabner, President and CEO of Princeton HealthCare System (PHCS), a comprehensive system that includes UMCPP. "Everyone in our hospital plays an important role in creating a safe environment for our patients, and everyone has consistently demonstrated a commitment to fulfilling those responsibilities. Throughout the system, I am impressed by our staff and their passion for the quality of care we provide."

Horizon BCBSNJ initiated the Hospital Recognition Program in 2006 to promote safe, high-quality and effective hospital care. This is the second consecutive year that PHCS received a $250,000 award for its acute-care hospital services. Previously, that care was provided at the former University Medical Center at Princeton. The Princeton hospital was replaced by the state-of-the-art UMCPP, which opened May 22.

About University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro
A unit of Princeton HealthCare System, University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro opened in May 2012 as the hub of a 171-acre health campus in Plainsboro, N.J. UMCPP 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 Institute of New Jersey, an accredited oncology-teaching program of the American College of Surgeons' Commission on Cancer (CoC) and recipient of the CoC's Outstanding Achievement Award. Through a partnership with The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), UMCPP offers enhanced pediatric services, with CHOP physicians working onsite to provide pediatric emergency consultation, inpatient pediatric care and neonatal care.