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Five Straight ‘A’s for Jersey Shore University Medical Center

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center earned an ‘A’ grade as part of the spring 2020 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. The designation recognizes the academic medical center’s efforts in protecting patients from harm and providing safer health care. This is Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s fifth straight Leapfrog ‘A’ grade.

“I am very proud and congratulate all of our clinicians and support teams on receiving this important achievement,” said Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA, chief hospital executive, Jersey Shore University Medical Center. “Our patients and their safety is at the core of everything we do. Achieving this accolade for five consecutive grading periods is a welcomed validation of everyone’s hard work.”

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The Leapfrog Group that provides the grading program, is a national nonprofit organization committed to improving health care quality and safety for consumers and purchasers. 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.

“I’m grateful for the remarkable efforts of all our teams. Providing safety from infection, medical errors, and other harms represents a special significance during this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, Hackensack Meridian Health regional president, southern market. “I know, especially at this time, they continue to be committed to protecting all our patients and everyone at our academic medical center to keep them safe.”

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 fully transparent, and the results are free to the public.

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For more information about the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, visit Visit for more information about the medical center.

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