RWJUH Somerset Earns 6th Consecutive "A" Hospital Safety Rating

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, has earned its sixth consecutive “A” Hospital Safety rating from the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits. It is the twelfth time the hospital has received the Leapfrog Group’s highest patient safety rating.

RWJUH Somerset is among six RWJBarnabas Health hospitals earning A ratings. Among the A-rated hospitals is Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, which received its 19th straight “A” and Monmouth Medical Center, which is the only hospital in the southern region to receive an “A” for 13 consecutive rating periods. Additionally, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Hamilton received its eighth consecutive “A” rating, with Newark Beth Israel Medical Center receiving their sixth consecutive “A” rating, and Community Medical Center in Toms River also receiving an “A” rating. Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Jersey City Medical Center, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, RWJUH New Brunswick and RWJUH Rahway all received a “B” rating.

The scores mark Saint Barnabas Medical Center's 19th A-rating in a row. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the only hospital in the state and one of only 27 in the country to earn an “A” in each report since the Leapfrog surveys began.

“An ‘A’ safety grade is an elite designation that your community should be proud of,” said Leah Binder, President and CEO of the Leapfrog Group. “The past year has been extraordinarily difficult for hospitals, but the hospitals throughout the RWJBarnabas Health system shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”

Developed under the guidance of a national expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses up to 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,700 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.

For more information on the Leapfrog Group and the Spring 2021 scores, please visit: www.hospitalsafetyscore.org.