FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 18, 2013
Jacobi Gets Third-Straight Leapfrog Award
Continues Reputation as a Leader in Patient Safety
(BRONX, NY) - The Northeast Business Group on Health (NEBGH) yesterday honored Jacobi Medical Center (Jacobi), a member of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), as one of only three medical institutions in the New York City area for its commitment to patient safety, transparency and accountability, marking the third straight year Jacobi has been recognized by NEBGH for its commitment to the highest standards of patient care.
Jacobi Medical Center was honored with an award for Outstanding Performance in Patient Safety and Quality, presented today at the NEBGH's annual meeting in New York City. The awards were based on a rigorous review of participating area hospitals conducted by The Leapfrog Group, a coalition of public and private purchasers of employee health coverage dedicated to improving healthcare safety, quality and affordability. Leapfrog benchmarks hospitals against practices that reduce the risk of medical errors and hospital-acquired infections, and improve patient outcomes.
The same group in spring 2013 issued Jacobi an "A' rating for consistent efforts to improve patient safety.
Jacobi's Executive Director William P. Walsh said, "Patient safety is not an abject concept; it is something we measure every single day with standard benchmarks. By taking a dedicated and labor-intensive approach, we can look our patients in the eye and say, without question, we are providing the safest care possible."
"We are very pleased to honor these three outstanding hospitals for their dedication to patient safety and high quality health care," said Laurel Pickering, President and CEO of NEBGH. "These hospitals and their executives should be proud of their ongoing commitment and the many contributions each has made toward improving the quality and safety of our healthcare system."
Leah Binder, CEO, The Leapfrog Group, said, "[Jacobi's] high levels of performance on Leapfrog's national standards of quality and safety measures indicate that it is among the safest and best hospitals in the metro New York City area. The Leapfrog Group thanks them for their commitment to transparency and health care quality in the communities they serve."
The results of the Leapfrog Group are publicly reported at www.leapfroggroup.org.