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The Valley Hospital Earns ‘Straight A’s’ for Patient Safety

 
For the seventh consecutive time, The Valley Hospital has been recognized for its dedication to patient safety by being awarded an A grade in the Spring 2015 Hospital Safety Score, which rates how well hospitals protect patients from preventable medical errors, injuries and infections within the hospital.  The hospital is also being recognized as a “Straight A’s” hospital, as it has never received a grade lower than an A from the Hospital Safety Score since the Score first launched in June 2012. 
 
Hospitals nationwide received Hospital Safety Scores of A, B, C, D, or F based on how well they protect patients accidents, errors, injuries and infections.  The Hospital Safety Score report was released today by The Leapfrog Group, an independent, national not-for-profit organization of employer purchasers of health care.  
 
Of the more than 2,500 general hospitals issued a safety score in the Leapfrog report, only 782 — roughly the top 31 percent — received an A in this round.  Valley is one of only 182 hospitals nationwide that have received straight A’s in all seven reporting periods since 2012.
 
“We are pleased and proud to once again receive an “A” for patient safety, and particularly proud to be among the select group of ‘Straight A’s’ hospitals” said Audrey Meyers, President and CEO of The Valley Hospital and Valley Health System.  “This top grade is a reflection and a result of our longstanding focus on and commitment to patient safety and quality care.”
 
“The Valley Hospital’s achievement of Straight A’s validates its achievement in preventing harm within the hospital, and we are proud to recognize the efforts of the care providers and staff,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. 
 
To see Valley’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook.  Consumers can also download the free Hospital Safety Score mobile app for Apple and Android devices. 
 
About The Leapfrog Group 
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care.  The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions.  The Hospital Safety Score, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents and infections.
 
About The Valley Hospital
The Valley Hospital, a 451-bed, acute care, not-for-profit hospital located in Ridgewood, NJ, is part of Valley Health System, which also includes Valley Home Care and Valley Medical Group. Valley is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.  These include 10 consecutive recognitions for service excellence by J.D. Power and Associates for inpatient care, Straight A’s for patient safety and quality care from the Leapfrog Group, and Gold Seals of Approval from the Joint Commission in 12 clinical areas, including six for cancer care, more than any other hospital in the nation. Valley has also been recognized by Healthgrades as one of America’s 100 Best Hospitals for joint replacement and orthopedic surgery. Valley has also been honored three times with “Magnet” designation – the nursing profession’s highest honor.  Key services include cardiology, oncology, women’s and children’s services, emergency care, orthopedics, and neurosciences.  For more information please visit www.ValleyHealth.com.
 

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