Kim Blind (left) andd fellow nurse Margaret Kinsella work in an operating room at Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel. The hospital ranked among the best in Monmouth and Ocean counties in a new state report. / NJ PRESS MEDIA 2006Three Shore-area hospitals were among the top 10 percent of New Jersey hospitals in four key categories of patient care, according to the 2011 state health care report card.
Three Shore-area hospitals were among the top 10 percent of New Jersey hospitals in four key categories of patient care, according to the 2011 state health care report card. And another three received perfect scores in at least one of the four areas: heart attacks, pneumonia, surgical care and heart failure.
The best scoring hospitals in Monmouth and Ocean counties were Bayshore Community Hospital in Holmdel and Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank – both owned by Meridian Health – and Community Medical Center in Toms River, which is owned by Barnabas Health.
Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Kimball Medical Center in Lakewood, which are both owned by Barnabas, and Southern Ocean Medical Center in Stafford, which is owned by Meridian, all received top scores in treating heart attacks, with Monmouth and Kimball providing perfect care in one other category each.
The state report measures Recommended Care Measures for the four areas, which show how often a patient received the correct care. Patients at some hospitals received appropriate care 100 percent of the time.
State health officials today touted the 2011 New Jersey Hospital Performance Report as a clear sign that hospitals around the state have improved since the report card came into being in 2004.
In this most recent report, New Jersey ranked ninth overall among all states when comparing each state to national benchmarks of healthcare quality. In 2000, it came in 41st, said Health and Senior Services Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd
The 2011 report – based on 2010 and some 2009 data – showed that New Jersey outperformed the national average in seven of 10 patient safety indicators.
But it also indicated that New Jersey is struggling to keep up with national averages in three of those areas: post-operative hemorrhaging, post operative sepsis – a sometimes fatal infection – and traumatic births.
“This clearly says more work needs to be done,” O’Dowd said.
Officials said the report has created competition among hospitals that has yielded better care for New Jersey patients.
One statewide indicator, whether heart attack patients receive angioplasties within 90 minutes of arrival at a hospital, has risen 62 percent statewide since 2006, although New Jersey still lags behind the national average slightly.
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