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Not all hospitals are created equal, and patients can protect themselves from harm by demanding the best possible care. That message goes along with an updated scorecard on hospital safety.

The report from The Leapfrog Group, a patient safety watchdog, offers a letter grade to every hospital in the nation.

“We found that consumers do resonate with a grade of A through F,” said Leapfrog’s David Knowlton, also President of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute.

New research suggests up to 440,000 people die each year from preventable hospital errors, making it the third-leading cause of death in the United States.

“How likely is it that they leave a surgical instrument in you when they close you?” Knowlton explained. “How likely is it that you’ll catch a hospital-acquired infection? All of these are errors happen every day in America.”

Knowlton said a hospital may be known for their talented physicians and state-of-the-art technology, but that doesn’t mean it’s the safest place for treatment.

HOW SAFE IS YOUR HOSPITAL?

Several New Jersey hospitals received an “A” grade in the fall and spring of this year:

  • Bayonne Medical Center
  • Cape Regional Medical Center, Cape May Court House
  • Clara Maass Medical Center, Belleville
  • Community Medical Center of Toms River
  • Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
  • Hackensack University Medical Center
  • JFK Medical Center, Edison
  • Kimball Medical Center, Lakewood
  • LibertyHealth-Jersey City Medical Center
  • Monmouth Medical Center, Long Branch
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, Camden
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton
  • Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston
  • Saint Clare’s Hospital of Denville
  • Saint Clare’s Hospital of Dover
  • St. Francis Medical Center of Trenton
  • University Medical Center at Princeton, Plainsboro
  • Valley Hospital of Ridgewood

Every score in the nation is available through a free app called Leapfrog Hospital Safety Score.

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Hospital Name City State Fall 2013 Grade Spring 2013  Grade
Atlanticare Regional Medical Center – City Campus Atlantic City NJ B B
Atlanticare Regional Medical Center-Mainland Campus Pomona NJ B A
Bayonne Medical Center Bayonne NJ A A
Bayshore Community Hospital Holmdel NJ A B
Cape Regional Medical Center Cape May Court House NJ A A
Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell Pennington NJ C B
Capital Health Regional Medical Center Trenton NJ B A
CarePoint Health – Christ Hospital Jersey City NJ B A
CentraState Healthcare System Freehold NJ C C
Chilton Memorial Hospital Pompton Plains NJ C D
Clara Maass Medical Center Belleville NJ A A
Community Medical Center of Toms River Toms River NJ A A
Cooper University Hospital Camden NJ B C
East Orange General Hospital East Orange NJ C C
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center Englewood NJ A A
Hackensack University Medical Center Hackensack NJ A A
HackensackUMC Mountainside Montclair NJ A B
Hackettstown Regional Medical Center Hackettstown NJ C C
Hoboken University Medical Center Hoboken NJ A C
Holy Name Medical Center Teaneck NJ A C
Hunterdon Medical Center Flemington NJ B B
Inspira Medical Center Elmer Elmer NJ C C
Inspira Medical Center Vineland Vineland NJ C D
Inspira Medical Center Woodbury Woodbury NJ C C
JFK Medical Center Edison NJ A A
Jersey Shore University Medical Center Neptune NJ C C
Kennedy Memorial Hospital UMC Stratford Stratford NJ B B
Kennedy Memorial Hospital UMC Washington Towship Turnersville NJ B B
Kennedy Memorial Hospitals University Medical Center Cherry Hill NJ B B
Kimball Medical Center Lakewood NJ A A
LibertyHealth-Jersey City Medical Center Jersey City NJ A A
Lourdes Medical Center of Burlington County Willingboro NJ C D
Meadowlands Hospital Medical Center Secaucus NJ A B
Monmouth Medical Center Long Branch NJ A A
Morristown Medical Center Morristown NJ B C
Newark Beth Israel Medical Center Newark NJ B B
Newton Medical Center Newton NJ A B
Ocean Medical Center Brick NJ B C
Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center Camden NJ A A
Overlook Medical Center Summit NJ B B
Palisades Medical Center North Bergen NJ C C
Raritan Bay Medical Center of Old Bridge Old Bridge NJ B A
Raritan Bay Medical Center of Perth Amboy Perth Amboy NJ B A
Riverview Medical Center Red Bank NJ C C
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick NJ A B
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway Rahway NJ A A
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton Hamilton NJ A A
Saint Barnabas Medical Center Livingston NJ A A
Saint Clare’s Hospital of Denville Denville NJ A A
Saint Clare’s Hospital of Dover Dover NJ A A
Saint Peter’s University Hospital New Brunswick NJ A C
Shore Medical Center Somers Point NJ B B
Somerset Medical Center Somerville NJ B B
Southern Ocean County Hospital Manahawkin NJ B B
St. Francis Medical Center of Trenton Trenton NJ A A
St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center Patterson Campus Paterson NJ C B
St. Luke’s Warren Hospital Phillipsburg NJ C A
St. Mary’s Hospital of Passaic Passaic NJ C B
St. Michael’s Medical Center Newark NJ D C
Trinitas Regional Medical Center Elizabeth NJ B A
University Medical Center at Princeton Plainsboro NJ A A
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – The University Hospital Newark NJ D C
Valley Hospital of Ridgewood Ridgewood NJ A A
Virtua Berlin Hospital Berlin NJ C B
Virtua Marlton Hospital Marlton NJ B B
Virtua Memorial Hospital Mount Holly NJ B C
Virtua Voorhees Hospital Voorhees NJ B A

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