Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Capital Health Regional Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group, making it the only New Jersey hospital to earn this distinction. The Leapfrog Top General Hospital award was bestowed on only 45 hospitals throughout the country and is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive honors American hospitals can receive. The Top General Hospital designation is awarded by The Leapfrog Group, an independent hospital watchdog organization.

“Capital Health Regional Medical Center is the place that patients in our area rely on for lifesaving treatment of severe injuries, stroke and high acuity neurovascular emergencies, and many other life threatening conditions. Our designation as a Top General Hospital by The Leapfrog Group recognizes the emphasis that our care providers place on putting patient safety first,” said Al Maghazehe, president and CEO, Capital Health.

Among thousands of hospitals in the country, Capital Health Regional Medical Center received a Top General Hospital distinction, recognized nationally alongside:

• 10 Top Children’s Hospitals

• 45 Top General Hospitals

• 18 Top Rural Hospitals

• 36 Top Teaching Hospitals

Performance across many areas of hospital care is considered in establishing the qualifications for the award, including infection rates, maternity care, and the hospital’s capacity to prevent medication errors. The rigorous standards are defined in each year’s Top Hospital Methodology.

“We are proud to recognize Capital Health Regional Medical Center as a 2017 Leapfrog Top Hospital. This demonstrates extraordinary dedication to patients and the local community. The entire staff and board deserve praise for putting quality first and achieving results,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of Leapfrog.

Capital Health Regional Medical Center was also one of 832 hospitals across the country awarded an “A” by The Leapfrog Group for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S. The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms.

Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 27 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Capital Health Regional Medical Center’s full grade, and to access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetygrade.org

To learn more about Capital Health, visit www.capitalhealth.org

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