N.J. ranks 1st in nation in latest Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades

State’s hospitals receive highest percentage of ‘A’ grades (51%) — impressive 77% had ‘A’ or ‘B’

New Jersey hospitals ranked No. 1 in the country for the percentage of hospitals that received an “A” grade (51%) in the semiannual Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades, released Wednesday morning.

An impressive 77% of New Jersey hospitals received an “A” or “B” grade, while 22% received a “C” grade. No hospitals were given a “D” or “F” grade.

New Jersey also is the only state in the nation with 100% participation in the voluntary hospital safety survey. Leapfrog was not able to assign a Safety Grade to two hospitals, Salem Medical Center and Bergen New Bridge Medical Center, because all of the required data was not available.

“New Jersey hospitals deserve our praise for their commitment to participating in Leapfrog’s voluntary safety survey, and also for their high scores,” Linda Schwimmer, CEO and president of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute said.

While the scores were better — New Jersey was No. 6 overall last fall — there still is plenty of room for improvement, Leapfrog officials said.

New Jersey mirrored the nation with a spike in hospital-acquired infections, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSI) and catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI).

These hospital-acquired infections rose to a five-year high in hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and remain high nationwide, according to the Leapfrog Group.

“The rise in hospital-acquired infections shows us that the work of advancing patient safety requires a continued, unrelenting effort,” Schwimmer said. “We hope to see New Jersey hospitals double down on their focused efforts to reduce hospital-acquired infections.”

Here are the overall scores for 68 New Jersey hospitals that were graded.

  • Atlanticare (Atlantic City): A
  • Atlanticare (Pomona): A
  • Cape Regional Medical Center (Cape May): B
  • Capital Health Medical Center (Hopewell/Pennington): A
  • Capital Health Regional Medical Center (Trenton): B
  • CarePoint Health (Bayonne Medical Center): C
  • CarePoint Health (Christ Hospital Jersey City): B
  • Carepoint Health (Hoboken University Medical Center): C
  • CareWell Health Medical Center (East Orange): C
  • CentraState Medical Center (Freehold): C
  • Chilton Medical Center (Pompton Plains): A
  • Clara Maass Medical Center (Belleville): B
  • Community Medical Center (Toms River): A
  • Cooper University Hospital (Camden): A
  • Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (Livingston): C
  • Englewood Hospital and Medical Center (Englewood): A
  • HMH Bayshore Medical Center (Holmdel): A
  • HMH Hackensack University Medical Center (Hackensack): A
  • HMH JFK University Medical Center (Edison): C
  • HMH Jersey Shore University Medical Center (Neptune): A
  • HMH Mountainside Medical Center (Montclair): A
  • HMH Ocean University Medical Center (Brick): A
  • HMH Old Bridge Medical Center (Old Bridge): A
  • HMH Palisades Medical Center (North Bergen): A
  • HMH Pascack Valley Medical Center (Westwood): B
  • HMH Raritan Bay Medical Center (Perth Amboy): A
  • HMH Riverview Medical Center (Red Bank): A
  • HMH Southern Ocean Medical Center (Manahawkin): B
  • Hackettstown Regional Medical Center (Hackettstown): B
  • Holy Name Medical Center (Teaneck): C
  • Hudson Regional Hospital (Secaucus): C
  • Hunterdon Medical Center (Flemington): A
  • Inspira Medical Center Elmer (Elmer): A
  • Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill (Mullica Hill): A
  • Inspira Medical Center Vineland (Vineland): A
  • Jefferson Cherry Hill Hospital (Cherry Hill): B
  • Jefferson Stratford Hospital (Stratford): A
  • Jefferson Washington Township Hospital (Turnersville): A
  • Jersey City Medical Center (Jersey City): B
  • Monmouth Medical Center (Long Branch): A
  • Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus (Lakewood): A
  • Morristown Medical Center (Morristown): A
  • Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (Newark): B
  • Newton Medical Center (Newton): A
  • Overlook Medical Center (Summit): A
  • Penn Medicine Princeton Medical Center (Plainsboro): A
  • RWJ University Hospital (New Brunswick): B
  • RWJ University Hospital (Hamilton): B
  • RWJ University Hospital (Rahway): A
  • RWJ University Hospital Somerset (Somerville): B
  • Saint Clare’s Hospital (Denville): B
  • Saint Clare’s Hospital (Dover): B
  • Saint Michael’s Medical Center (Newark): A
  • Saint Peter’s University Hospital (New Brunswick): B
  • Shore Medical Center (Somers Point): C
  • Francis Medical Center (Trenton): C
  • Joseph’s University Medical Center (Paterson): C
  • Joseph’s Wayne Medical Center (Wayne): C
  • Luke’s Warren Campus (Phillipsburg): A
  • Mary’s General Hospital (Passaic): A
  • The Valley Hospital (Ridgewood): A
  • Trinitas Regional Medical Center (Elizabeth): C
  • University Hospital (Newark): C
  • Virtua Marlton Hospital (Marlton): A
  • Virtua Mount Holly Hospital (Mount Holly): B
  • Virtua Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital (Camden): C
  • Virtua Voorhees Hospital (Voorhees): A
  • Virtua Willingboro Hospital (Willingboro): B