Jersey Shore University Medical Center Receives 2021 Healthgrades Patient Safety Excellence Award

Hackensack Meridian Jersey Shore University Medical Center announced it is a recipient of the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence AwardTM. This distinction places the academic medical center among the top 10 percent of all short-term acute care hospitals reporting patient safety data as evaluated by Healthgrades, the leading resource that connects consumers, physicians, and health systems. This is the second consecutive year Jersey Shore University Medical Center received this recognition.

Patient safety indicators are serious, potentially preventable complications that occur during a patient’s hospital stay. Healthgrades patient safety ratings look at 14 types of serious, potentially preventable complications. Thirteen of the 14 indicators are measured as rates (observed and expected number of events). The 14th indicator—foreign object left in a patient’s body during a surgery or procedures—simply lists the number of events that occurred.

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Hospitals that receive excellence awards effectively safeguard their patients from injuries, infections, medical errors, and other complications during their hospital stay. “Patient safety is our primary concern. I’m proud of all our team members’ and physicians’ efforts to provide high-quality and safe medical care ,” said Vito Buccellato, MPA, LNHA, president and chief hospital executive, Jersey Shore University Medical Center.

Healthgrades found that patients treated in hospitals receiving the Healthgrades 2021 Patient Safety Excellence Award were, on average:
50.3% less likely to experience a collapsed lung due to a procedure or surgery in or around the chest, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals;
60.3% less likely to experience an in-hospital fall resulting in hip fracture, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals;
66.5% less likely to experience pressure sores or bed sores acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals;
65.4% less likely to experience catheter-related bloodstream infections acquired in the hospital, than patients treated at nonrecipient hospitals.

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“I commend the Jersey Shore University Medical Center team for their dedication to providing exemplary care for patients and remaining in such exclusive company, as part of only 10 percent of hospitals nationwide that were recognized,” said Kenneth N. Sable, M.D., MBA, FACEP, Hackensack Meridian Health regional president, southern market.

For information about services, visit www.Jersey ShoreUniversityMedicalCenter.com. Healthgrades’ hospital quality methodologies can be viewed on their website, Healthgrades.com.