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Hackensack Meridian Health Hospitals Earn 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award for Outstanding Quality and Safety

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Three Hackensack Meridian Health hospitals earned the 2021 Leapfrog Top Hospital award for quality and safety. Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center were named Top Teaching Hospitals nationally by The Leapfrog Group, and Pascack Valley Medical Center was named a Top General Hospital. 

Hackensack University Medical Center, Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Pascack Valley Medical Center also received an “A” Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade for fall 2021, in recognition of their achievements in protecting patients from harm and error in the hospital.

Over 2,200 hospitals were considered for the award. A total of 149 top hospitals nationwide were selected as Top Hospitals. Among those, Pascack Valley Medical Center was one of 46 hospitals to receive the Top General Hospital distinction, and Hackensack University Medical Center and Jersey Shore University Medical Center were among 72 hospitals to be selected as Top Teaching Hospitals.

About the Leapfrog Top Hospital Award

The Leapfrog Top Hospital award is widely acknowledged as one of the most competitive awards American hospitals can receive. The Top Hospital designation is bestowed by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers recognized as the toughest standard-setters for health care safety and quality.

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

To qualify for the Top Hospitals distinction, hospitals must rank top among peers on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey, which assesses hospital performance on the highest standards for quality and patient safety. To see the full list of institutions honored as 2021 Top Hospitals, visit