RWJBarnabas Health Receives Highest Scores for Patient Safety; Basking Ridge Anti-Vaping Workshop

Sources: HudsonReporter; Somerset Co. YMCA
Eight RWJBarnabas Health facilities were awarded with “A” Hospital Safety Score ratings by the Leapfrog Group, an independent national nonprofit run by employers and other large purchasers of health benefits, giving the hospital system its best scores yet.
The facilities include Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospitals in Somerset and Hamilton.
The scores also mark Saint Barnabas Medical Center’s 14th A-rating in a row. Saint Barnabas Medical Center is the only hospital in the state and one of only 42 in the country to earn an A in each report since the Leapfrog Surveys began.
Developed under the guidance of a Blue Ribbon National Expert Panel, the Safety Grade assigns letter grades based on a hospital’s performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. Only 855 of the more than 2,600 hospitals analyzed nationwide earned an “A” – the highest rating – in the latest update to Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Scores.
For more information on the Leapfrog Group and the fall 2018 scores, please visit:

More Than Water: Interactive Vaping Workshop
Somerset County YMCA and Community in Crisis are hosting an interactive workshop for parents and students on the dangers of vaping. According to federal statistics, the number of high school students who used e-cigarettes in the past 30 days has risen about 75 percent.
· Hear from expert neuropharmacologist, Dr. Melissa Tasse of the Honey Bee Foundation on the impact that vaping chemicals have on developing brains
· and how it can contribute to the path of addiction
· See Firsthand a variety of paraphernalia at the hands-on vaping table, courtesy of Community in Crisis
· Learn from Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office and Bernards Township Police Department on surprising local statistics and resources like the STOPit app that are available to parents and students
· Stay and ask all of your questions after the presentation—be informed of the risks and dangers lurking in plain sight

Where: Somerset Hills YMCA Teen Center
140 Mount Airy Road, Basking Ridge
When: Dec. 5 6:30-7:30pm
Cost: FREE and open to the community
Who should attend: Parents & children (grades 4-12)
Contact: Megan James
Phone: 908 630 3535 x152

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