13 in N.J. recognized for Healthgrades 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award

Healthgrades identified 448 hospitals as the recipients of its 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award, including 13 in New Jersey, the organization said Tuesday.

To determine the recipients, Healthgrades analyzed 2018-20 Medicare data on 14 patient safety indicators defined by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Through its analysis, Healthgrades identified 170,231 potentially preventable safety events among Medicare patients in U.S. hospitals. In addition, four safety indicators accounted for 74 percent of all safety events:

  • In-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture — 22.2%
  • Collapsed lung resulting from a procedure or surgery — 21.1%
  • Pressure sores or bed sores — 15.3%
  • Catheter-related bloodstream infections — 15%

If all U.S. hospitals performed similarly to award winners, an average of 100,189 safety events could have been avoided, Healthgrades found.

Those recognized by Healthgrades for the 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award from New Jersey include:

  • Chilton Medical Center, Pompton Plains;
  • Cooper University Hospital, Camden;
  • Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, Englewood;
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Bayshore Medical Center, Holmdel;
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Hackensack University Medical Center, Hackensack;
  • Hunterdon Medical Center, Flemington;
  • Newton Medical Center, Newton;
  • Overlook Medical Center, Summit;
  • Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean University Medical Center, Brick;
  • Saint Clare’s Denville Hospital, Denville;
  • Saint Luke’s Warren Hospital, Phillipsburg;
  • Saint Michael’s Medical Center, Newark;
  • St. Mary’s General Hospital, Passaic.

It should be noted that Cooper University Hospital in Camden received the Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award for four consecutive years (2019-2022) and is the only hospital in South Jersey to achieve the award in 2022.

“Everyone at Cooper is enormously proud that we were the only hospital in South Jersey to receive the 2022 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award, ensuring that Cooper stands out among its peers for its commitment to excellence and safety,” said George Norcross III, chairman of the board of trustees of the Cooper Health System, Cooper University Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper. “This recognition is a tribute to the incredible work everyone at Cooper does to put patient safety first as we provide care that is among the best in the greater Philadelphia region.”

“Through our 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Awards, we seek to recognize hospitals that excel in providing top-quality care for their patients while preventing serious injuries during hospital stays,” said Dr. Brad Bowman, chief medical officer and head of data science, Healthgrades. “We are proud to name Cooper University Hospital as a 2022 Patient Safety Excellence Award recipient and look forward to their continued efforts to make patient safety a priority.”