Southern Ocean Medical Center Receives ‘A’ for Patient Safety

Prevention of Errors, Injuries, Accidents, Infections
By MARIA SCANDALE | May 22, 2019
File Photo by: Ryan Morrill Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin.

Manahawkin — All of Hackensack Meridian Health’s southern market hospitals, including Southern Ocean Medical Center in Manahawkin, Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune and Ocean Medical Center in Brick, have been awarded an “A” in patient safety by a national nonprofit foundation. The designation recognizes the medical centers’ efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care.

The Leapfrog Group is the organization releasing its spring 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The Safety Grade assigns an “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” or “F” grade to hospitals across the country based on their performance in preventing medical errors, injuries, accidents, infections and other harms to patients in their care.

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. acute-care hospitals twice per year. The Hospital Safety Grade’s methodology is peer-reviewed and is stated to be fully transparent. The Leapfrog Group is “committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers,” it said.

To see the medical centers’ full grade details, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

“I’m extremely proud of all our team members on achieving ‘A’ grades in such an important aspect of health care,” said Kenneth N. Sable, Hackensack Meridian Health regional president, southern market. “Patient safety is not something we take lightly; in fact, our patients are at the core of everything we do. We will continue to focus on providing exceptional and safe health care and remain dedicated to all of our patients’ health care needs.”

“To be recognized nationally as an ‘A’ hospital is an accomplishment the whole community should take pride in,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “Hospitals that earn an ‘A’ grade are making it a priority to protect patients from preventable medical harm and error. We congratulate hospital leaders, board members, staff, volunteers and clinicians who work so hard to earn this A.”  —M.S.

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