According to Leapfrog, 55 of 69 hospitals graded received an A or B grade (80 percent) – 5.6 percent lower than last round. 9 hospitals went up in their grade, 12 hospitals went down a grade. NJ again had the highest rate of Leapfrog Hospital Survey participation for regions with over 50-targeted hospitals at 100 percent participation.
However, University Hospital had improvements in several areas: safe practice of culture measurement, feedback, and interventions; Falls; and CAUTI, CDIFF, MRSA, and SSI infections. Other safe practices remained high, and while Hand hygiene and HCAHPs remained the same, these have room to improve. Areas where the score declined: CLABSI infections, death from serious treatable complications after surgery, and postoperative PE/DVT.
East Orange General Hospital also had several areas of improvement: CAUTI, CLABSI, & CDIFF infections and postoperative PE/DVT. Hand hygiene and HCAHPs remained the same but had room to improve. Areas where the score declined are: falls, MRSA, safe practices: leadership structure and medication communication.
Breakdown of the data:
69 acute care hospitals were graded (1 more than last round in Spring 2019).
- 31 A hospitals – 45% (same number of A’s as last round)
- 24 B hospitals – 35% (3 less B’s than last round)
- 12 C hospitals – 17% (5 more C’s than last round)
- 2 D hospital – 3% (1 less D than last round)
- 0 F hospital – 0% (Last ‘F’ was in Fall 2018)
You can see the fall 2019 grades for all of the Garden State’s hospitals here.