Montclair, Calif., May 3, 2021― Montclair Hospital Medical Center a member of Prime Healthcare, received an “A” grade in the spring 2021 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, a national distinction recognizing Montclair Hospital Medical Center’s achievements in protecting patients from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.
Montclair Hospital Medical Center has biannually earned an ‘A’ grade in patient safety from Leapfrog three consecutive times since Spring 2020.
“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 Montclair Hospital Medical Center shows us it is possible to keep a laser focus on patients and their safety, no matter what it takes.”
The Leapfrog Group is an independent national watchdog organization committed to health care quality and safety. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade assigns an “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” or “F” grade to all general hospitals across the country and is updated every six months. It is the only hospital rating program based exclusively on hospitals’ prevention of medical errors and other harms to patients in their care.
“Montclair Hospital Medical Center is committed to delivering quality patient care during COVID-19, which is evident by our third consecutive biannual ‘A’ grade from Leapfrog,” said Gail Aviado, MSN, RN, Chief Executive Officer of Montclair Hospital Medical Center. “I am proud of our team of doctors, nurses, health professionals, administrators, and support staff for their continuous efforts to keep the Montclair community healthy and safe during such unprecedented times.”
Dr. Jhujhar Singh, Montclair Hospital Medical Center’s Chief Medical Officer also shares the sentiment that this achievement was earned through hard work and dedication from the entire staff. “This last year has been full of challenges, but we remained diligent in our mission to provide quality compassionate care to our patients,” said Dr. Singh. “We are honored to be recognized again from The Leapfrog Group and thank the community for trusting us to care for them.”
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.
“During a time when we recognize the heroes in our hospitals as they battle a pandemic, and now are providing a life-changing vaccine, we are honored to commend our dedicated staff and physicians for achieving this recognition,” said Sunny Bhatia, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Prime Healthcare. “Putting patients and their safety first has and always will be a top priority at Prime Healthcare, and it has never been more important than it is today.”
Montclair Hospital Medical Center was awarded an “A” for a third consecutive time when Leapfrog updated grades for spring 2021. To see Montclair Hospital Medical Center’s full grade details and access patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org and follow The Leapfrog Group on Twitter and Facebook.
About Montclair Hospital Medical Center
Montclair Hospital Medical Center, a not-for-profit member of Prime Healthcare Foundation, was originally founded by a group of community physicians in 1973. Montclair Hospital, a 106-bed acute care hospital, received the 100 Top Hospitals in the nation award from IBM Watson Health, the Patient Safety Excellence award by Healthgrades®, and the Women’s Choice Award® for America’s Best Emergency Care. For more information visit Montclair-hospital.org
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 and new Leapfrog Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) Survey collect and transparently report hospital and ASC performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, 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.
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About Prime Healthcare
Founded in 2001, Prime Healthcare has emerged as one of the nation’s leading hospital systems. Prime Healthcare was founded by Dr. Prem Reddy, a physician with a mission to save hospitals, improve community healthcare and provide the very best care to patients.
Our philosophy is that all healthcare is local. Each of our hospitals serves the unique needs of their communities while providing exceptional care with the strength and support of Prime Healthcare. Through a physician-directed and patient-centered model, passionate dedication to quality, evidence-based best practices, operational efficiency, technology, and capital investment, our hospitals are recognized among the best in the nation. Prime Healthcare was recognized by Truven Health Analytics as a Top 10 and 15 Health System in the nation three times.