Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Named One of America's Top Hospitals By Independent National Health Care Safety Panel
RWJUH One of Only Three N.J. Hospitals to Earn Place on Prestigious Leapfrog Group List
Wednesday, December 05, 2012
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) has been named one of America’s Top Hospitals by the Leapfrog Group, an independent, national non-profit organization which consists of a blue ribbon panel of employer purchasers of health care and national experts on patient safety. RWJUH is one of only three New Jersey hospitals to earn a place on the prestigious list and one of only 92 hospitals named a Top Hospital nationally.
RWJUH was selected as a Top Hospital out of nearly 1,200 hospitals participating in The Leapfrog Group’s annual survey. Hospitals reaching this achievement include academic medical centers, teaching hospitals, children’s hospitals, and community hospitals in rural, suburban and urban settings. The selection is based on the results of the Leapfrog Group’s annual hospital survey, which measures hospitals’ performance on patient safety and quality, focusing on three critical areas of hospital care: how patients fare, resource use, and management structures in place to prevent errors. The results of the survey are posted on a website (http://www.leapfroggroup.org/cp) open to patients and families, the public, employers, and other purchasers of healthcare.
The Leapfrog Group also gave RWJUH an “A” Hospital Safety Score based on results collected in their most recent, updated report. The score is assigned to hospitals based on infection rates, injuries and medical and medication errors.
“Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital places a strong emphasis on quality and patient safety and we are proud that the results of this most recent Leapfrog Hospital Safety Survey reflect our team’s diligent efforts in these areas,” says Joshua Bershad, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at RWJUH. “As New Jersey’s premier academic medical center, RWJ, in partnership with its faculty physicians at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and private doctors in the community, remains committed to serving as a leader that encourages both transparency and the sharing of best practices to improve patient safety and the quality of health care services delivered by our state’s hospitals.”
Bershad credits RWJUH’s pressure ulcer prevention as one of the reasons why the hospital earned a place on this list. For example, RWJ currently has a Pressure Ulcer Prevention task force that has steadily decreased the incidence of pressure ulcers since 2008. The academic medical center also uses the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Pressure Ulcer Training module to educate staff and holds regular staff meetings to share current educational topics, best practices and conduct individual case reviews with patients.
RWJUH has also devoted a section of its internal website to pressure ulcer prevention to provide staff education, algorithms and product information for nurses. A key part of the hospital’s pressure ulcer prevention effort is its unit-based risk assessment report tool. This tool, which is a summary of nursing assessment data, provides a daily report of patients at risk for several indicators, including the potential development of a pressure ulcer.
Finally, the hospital recently purchased state-of-the-art hospital beds and mattresses that have demonstrated success in preventing pressure ulcers. The new beds are equipped with a warning system to alert staff if a patient, who is identified as at-risk for falls, attempts to get out of bed unassisted.
To develop the Hospital Safety Score and evaluate hospitals’ performance, the panel gathered data publicly reported at the national level, including measures reported by the federal government via the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the annual Leapfrog Hospital Survey. The final 26 measures calculated in the Hospital Safety Score cover falls and trauma, central line-associated bloodstream infections, very severe pressure ulcers, and preventable complications from surgery such as foreign objects retained in the body, postoperative hazards, and accidental punctures or lacerations. The Hospital Safety Score also credits hospitals on measures of the procedures and protocols known to prevent infections, errors and accidents, such as strong nursing leadership and engagement, hand hygiene policies, computerized physician order entry systems, adherence to medical and medication protocols that prevent complications, safety-first organizational leadership and culture, and the right level of staffing for the ICU.
About The Leapfrog Group
The Leapfrog Group (www.leapfroggroup.org) is a national nonprofit organization using the collective leverage of large purchasers of health care to initiate breakthrough improvements in the safety, quality, and affordability of health care for Americans. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey allows purchasers to structure their contracts and purchasing to reward the highest performing hospitals. The Leapfrog Group was founded in November 2000 with support from the Business Roundtable and national funders, and is now independently operated with support from its purchaser and other members.
About Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) is a 600-bed academic medical center and the principal hospital of Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Brunswick, N.J.
RWJUH is an innovative leader in advancing state-of-the-art care. Its Centers of Excellence include cardiovascular care, from minimally invasive heart surgery to transplantation; cancer care; and women’s and children’s care, including The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital (www.bmsch.org).
The hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and serves as a national resource in its ground-breaking approaches to emergency preparedness.
RWJUH has earned significant national recognition for clinical quality and patient safety. It ranks among “America’s Best Hospitals,” according to U.S.News & World Report’s 2012 survey; it is the sixth consecutive year that RWJUH has achieved this prestigious ranking. Also in 2012, U.S.News & World Report ranked BMSCH among the nation’s “Best Children’s Hospitals.” The American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer has rated RWJUH among the nation's best comprehensive cancer centers. The Leapfrog Group rated RWJUH among the 50 exceptional U.S. hospitals, as published in Consumers Digest, and has given the hospital an “A” grade for safety and quality. Harvard University researchers, in a study commissioned by The Commonwealth Fund, identified RWJUH as one of the top 10 hospitals in the nation for clinical quality. RWJUH is a four-time recipient of the prestigious Magnet Award for Nursing Excellence